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BLYTHEVDLLE COURIER NEWS I VOL. 02—NO. 303 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315); TUESDAY, MARCH 14,1967 12 PAGES TIN CENTS Dateline arch 14 WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate ethics committee probe of Sen. Thomas J. Dodd turns today to exploring the motives behind fund - raising activities the Connecticut Democrat says put at least $150,000 into his personal bank accounts. The hearings got off to a fast start Monday with the bi-partisan committee and Dodd stipulating in a 162-page document to a mass of facts concerning fundraising activities in his behalf | between 1961 and 1965. • BIMINI, Bahamas (AP) Adam Clayton Powell, who announced plans to return to New York next Sunday, says if he is arrested the "people in Harlem" will not let him remain in jail. He told a news conference Monday he would "walk the streets of Harlem" and deliver a Palm Sunday sermon at his Abyssinian Baptist Church despite the threat of arrest on a contempt-of-court warrant. The warrant makes him liable to arrest any time he re-enters the Btate of New York. • PARIS (AP) - Bread-and- butter issues of the Gaullist election setback last weekend, but President Charles de Gaulle's foreign policy may have helped dates more acceptables to the voters. Official returns from the second round of voting Sunday for the New National Assembly gave the Gaullists 244 seats to 241 for the combined opposition. • PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Political observers with an eye on the ..White,..House..wondered today just what took place in a private meeting between former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and California's Gov. Ronald Reagan. Eisenhower and Reagan conferred for Wi hours Monday, after which Eisenhower told newsmen: "Governor Reagan ,will have to make his own decision," whether to seek the presidency under the Republican banner. • NEW DELHI, India (AP) — Opposition political groups in Rajasthan State criticized Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's new government today for imposing federal control on the desert state which was rocked by political riots last week. Maharawal Laxman Singh, leader of the Samyukta Dal United Front, said his coalition should have been given a chance to form a government in the state. Three Will Mediate 1-55 Land Dispute CARUTHERSVILLE — The dispute between the Missouri State Highway Commission and the owners of condemned property from south of Portageville to just north of Hayti will be studied by three commissioners appointed recently by Circuit Judge William L. Ragland. Appointed were Harold Hinchey of Caruthersville, Paul Still of Steele and Wilburn Mathis of Hayti. It will be the responsibility of the commissioners to determine what compensation is to be awarded the landowners, the defendants. The Highway Commission is the plaintiff and the case involves property which has been condemned for extension of Interstate 55. The suit is entitled Case No. 22217, 1-55 State Highway Limited Access Condemnations. The commissioners have established an office in the Hayti City Hall. Landowners or representatives who wish to discuss the matter may contact one of the commissioners or go directly to the office on the second floor of the City Hall. The land in question is to be inspected Thursday and Friday by the commissioners, representatives of the State Highway Department, and the landown- COAL MOVER — This giant bucketwheel will stockpile coal needed as fuel to operate the new 1,800-megawatt Keystone Power Station near Indiana, Pa. The 356-ton machine, being erected here, will stockpile incoming coal at a rate of 2,200 tons per hour and reclaim it to fuel the station's bunkers at varying rates up to 800 tons per hour. Meredith Denies Pressure Move By AUSTIN SCOTT NEW YORK (AP) - James H. Meredith's sudden decision to pull out of the congressional race against Adam Clayton Powell has stilled the angry criticism generated in Harlem by his candidacy. Former critics freely praised the young maverick civil rights acticist who decided not to run as a Republican less than 24 hours after saying the race was as important to him as a presidential nomination. But Meredith's "generally cryptic statements have made the decision a subject for extensive speculation, and there is a growing feeling in Harlem that he may have been the victim of bad advice. Almost from his announcement of candidacy last Tuesday, a revolt was evident among Harlem Republicans, none of whom had a good word for his candidacy. Cora Walker, a GOP leader In Harlem, said party committeemen in Powell's 18th Congressional District would not have endorsed, Meredith, who calls himself an independent Democrat, partly because he was chosen by white party leaders without the advice of Negroes in Harlem. Meredith, 33, said first at an impromptu news conference Monday that he had changed his mind because the Republicans had not delivered on promises of money to help finance his campaign and other assistance. "I knew the moment the re- senment came from the community, his money would be cut off," said Mrs. Walter. "In politics, nobody supports a loser." Later, at a second, formal news conference, Meredith appeared vague on why he had pulled out. He denied it was be- cause of pressures brought by Floyd McKissick, national director of the Congress of Racial Equality, and Charles Evers, Mississippi state director of the NAACP, at a three-hour meeting Sunday night shortly before he announced his withdrawal. They told Meredith he would be dead politically if he insisted on opposing Powell. Evers described the meeting as dramatic and tearful. He said he and Meredith clasped hands and wept when they parted sometimes after 1 a.m. Meredith made his announcement shortly after 1 a.m. With Vincent Albano Jr., chairman of the New York County Republican Committee, at his side, Meredith did not repeat his accusations at the formal news conference that the Republican party reneged on promises of money and cam- See MEREDITH on Page 3 U. S. Destroyers Score in Duel Red Arms Ship Driven Aground By GEORGE MCARTHUR SAIGON (AP) - American warships fought a running duel off the South Vietnamese coast today with a large arms-smuggling Communist trawler which ran onto the shore and blew itself up when flight became hopeless. The 100 - foot, steel - hulled trawler shot up a 50-foot U.S. Navy palrol boat during the sea battle. The Red crew set off detonating charges after they beached the trawler but much contraband, including small arms and uniforms, was recovered. Salvage crews were searching for more. . The fight too place about 100 miles south of the 17th Parallel which divides North and South STATE SENATE CONFIRMS POSTS The Arkansas Senate last week confirmed the appointment of two Mississippi Cbun- tians to state boards and commissions. The appointment of R.E.L. Wilson III to the University of Arkansas board of trustees received confirmation. • Mrs. Bill Foster of Blytheville was named to the Arkansas Commemorative Commission and received Senate approval. Mrs. Foster is Arkansas State Republican Committeewoman and is vice president of the Arkansas Federated Republican Woman. She's also president of t h e Mississippi County Republican Women's Club. Vietnam. Two such trawlers were intercepted last year by U.S. naval ships and gave up a large amount of arms and supplies. Naval officers felt today's interception may prove to be as important. Half a dozen heavy Communist mortar attacks in the central highlands mared the ground war Monday and today. One U.S. soldier was reported killed and 75 were reported wounded. Heavy weather again moved in over much of North Vietnam, Air Rifles Are Taboo in City Parents, warns Police Chief George Ford Jr., are legally liable for any property or personal damages caused by children with air rifles. Ford says now that warm weather has set in, police have received many complaints of children injuring people and animals with the air guns, killing numerous birds, breaking windows and causing other damages. Police do not want to stop the children from enjoying the air guns, adds Ford, but such devices may not be used inside the city limits. Any child found in the city with an air gun in his possession will be taken home by police, says Ford, and in certain cases the gun may be confiscated. If the child has caused any injury or damage with the gun, he will have to appear before Juvenile Court, according to Ford. limiting U.S. warplanes to 92 missions Monday. Most were against supply lines and rail targets in the southern coastal area. The Communist trawler was spotted by a Navy Neptune patrol plane 25 miles off the coast of Quang Ngai Province, about 325 miles northeast of Saigon. The destroyer Brister, the Coast Guard cutter Point Ellis and the faster, 50-foot Swift patrol boat No. 78 were dispatched to intercept the trawler. When the Brister let go a long-range warning shot across the trawler's bow, the Communist vessel opened up on the approaching Swift boat with machine-gun fire. The Communist bullets ripped into the Swift's hull and inflicted considerable damage but caused no casualties, a U.S. spokesman said. Bracketed by fire from the Brister and the Ellis, the trawler ran on the beach an hour after being sighted. About 40 minutes later, before ground troops could reach the scene, an explosion ripped through the trawler. Initial reports said she was destroyed, but a small boat from the destroyer Brister carried a landing party to the scene, and it recoverd a quantity of uniforms, some small arms in cork packaging and what a Navy spokesman in Saigon described as "considerable contraband." South Korean marines were moved in to attempt to apprehend the Communist crew but results were not immediatly known in Saigon. Last Many and June two large Communist trawlers were inter- Guam Meet Not to Be Spectacular ircuif Court Suits Filed The following cases recently were filed in the civil division of Circuit Court. L. F. Burlison has filed suit against James K. Hamilton and Robert Carther for $1,350 and court costs. Burlison's suit claims the defendants' negligence was the cause of a car-tractor collision near the Promised Land community on Nov. 23, 1966. Mrs. Opal McHaffey and her daughter Deborah have been awarded a $3,000 judgment against Harvey Chapman, doing business as Chapman's Service Station. The judgment was the result of a suit filed concerning an Oct. 25, 1966 accident involving the McHaffey vehicle and one driven by Chapman. The original suit had asked for damages of $4,000. In another case, National Insurance Underwriters, a Missouri corporation, has filed suit against Sam Haynes and A. L. Richardson Jr. for $411.20. The amount is for alleged non-payment of insurance premiums. WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House has placed a damper on speculation that President Johnson's trip Saturday to Guam will resuli in any spectacular developments concerning the Vietnam war. Presidential aides said Monday the Guam meeting is just one of a series being held semiannually to review military and civil development aspects of the Vietnam effort. White House press secretary George Christian said, meanwhile, that Johnson "Would not allow politics to interfere with any decision affecting the Vietnam situation." He was responding to questions about the decision of the California Democratic Council — a 30,000- member political group — to support a "peace candidate" in the 1968 California Democratic presidential primary unless the war is ended by September. The council in the past has supported an end to U.S. bombing of North Vietnam. The Pentagon refused comment Monday on reports that U.S. B52 bombers will be based in Thailand under a newly reached agreement with Vietnam's Southeast Asian neighbor. But sources said the big bombers will begin Vietnam raids on April 1. At present, the Stratoforts must fly 2,500 miles from their base in Guam to reach Vietnam. The switch would reduce flying time from base to target from six hours to one hour. The United States acknowledged for the first time last week tat U.S. fighter bombers are attacking North Vietnam from Thailand air strips. Johnson will be accompanied to Guam by Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara and Gen. Earle G. Wheeler, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Also making the trip will be Robert Komer, a special presidential assistant who oversees U.S. efforts to bolster the South Vietnamese economy and improve civil facilities. Meeting with the President and other leaders will be Gen. William C. Westmoreland, American commanding general in Vietnam, and ambassador to South Vietnam Henry Cabot Lodge. It is expected the meeting will last about two days. Water Rates Nearly Doable Council OKs Hike Pending formal opposition by 15 percent of those who voted in the last election, Osceola's revised water rates will become effective April 14, thirty days after its adoption by the city council Friday. The increase, adopted as a means of> financing a $1.5 million sewer project, will approximately double the city's present water rates. The ordinance increases the consumer cost of the first 2,500 gallons from $1 to $2, while the price of each subsequent 1,000 gallons is increased from 30 cents to 50 cents. A public hearing, previously scheduled for March 21, has been postponed until March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Osceola Junior High School auditorium. Purpose of the hearing will be to air formal opposition, if any, to the increment. The sewer project reportedly has been prompted by word from the State Board of Health that it would not approve any further sewer construction for the city until the existing system was improved. An advocate of the project earlier stated that the construction would enable the city to maintain 50 pounds per square inch pressure throughout its entire water system, thereby lowering fire insurance premium rates by as much as a possible 20 percent. Guam Spy Boat Old Hat EDITOR'S NOTE - Malcolm G. Barr formerly covered Pacific islands for The Associated Press and himself did some of the bartering described in this story of a Soviet spy ship off Guam. By MALCOLM G. BARR WASHINGTON (AP) - When President Johnson visits Guam next week, his arrival will be routinely reported by a Soviet spy ship which keeps the tiny island under constant surveil- Knowledge of the President's arrival for a Vietnam war conference won't be much of a coup for the Communists — his trip has been announced and security on Guam should be easier to maintain than anywhere else he has been in the Pacific. It's novel, though, that a top level war conference involving Hie President and his top advisers will take place just a few miles from where a group of known Soviet spies operates with the latest electronic equip- U.S. naval authorities also try not to let the spy ship bother them. In fact, me Navy — and the civilian population — treat the vessel as something of a tourist attraction. The Navy takes VIP visitors out in a launch to see the boat, and they normally get a friendly wave from any Soviet who happens on deck. The Soviet crewmen, of course are not permitted asiiore. When Soviet vodka or cigarettes begin popping up _ _.. _ a ^ NUMBER OF 19-YEAR-OLDS INCREASING FEWER OF THOSE ELIGIBLE NEED SERVE NOW TWO OF EVERY FIVE ENLISTEES DO SO BECAUSE OF DRAFT 1.9 MILLION TURN 19 ANNUALLY 100,000 TO 300,000 WILL BE DRAFTED Deferments Who Escape Draft GRADUATE NON-GRADUATE STUDENTS STUDENTS 73% 30% PHYSICAL AND MENTAL TESTS ELIGIBLE FOR DRAFT fOOL 1 f 17 YEARS 18 ». J ELIGIBLE TO JOIN RESERVES 19 23 24 25 GRADUALLY ARE LESS VULNERABLt TO THE DRAFT NEW LIGHT ON DRAFT - A presidential message to Congress in which new draft proposals were outlined shed new light on some old facts about selective service, including who actually serves and how much manpower ig ivailabli, It also outlines A Dgw (lag of selection, as depicted in the bottom chart above, In which youths would become draft- eligible by lottery at the age of 19. After that until age 26 they would gradually be less subject to call. cepted under almost identical circumstancs. Both ships yielded a large haul of munitions with Chinese and Russian markings, and U.S. officials made much of this as proof of Hanoi's infiltration of arms into the South. The heavy series of mortar attacks in the central highlands in the past 48 hours was taken by U.S. officers as another example of Communist infiltration of supplies. In the criminal division of the court, charges of burglary and grand larceny have been filed against Vernie Lee Helms. Helms is accused of entering and stealing merchandise from Hawks Pawn Shop Feb. 4, 1967. Dale Allen Williamson has been charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing a 1965 Ford from Phillips Ford on Feb. 11, 1967. He also is charged with burglary and grand larceny for allegedly entering and stealing merchandise from the Big M store Feb. 20, 1967. Charlie Alford's Rites Wednesday Charlie W. Alford of 100 East Ash was found dead yesterday evening in his home. He was 71. Born in Ripley, Tenn., he had lived here since 1904. He was a member of the First Methodist Church and the Chickasawba Masonic Lodge and a Shriner. He leaves a sister.Mrs. Nora Webb of Blyttieville; And several nieces and nephews. Services will be tomorrow at 11 a.m. in Cobb Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Virgil Keeley officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. There will be Masonic services at the gravesite. Pallbearers will be members of the Masonic Lodge. Weather Forecast Partly cloudy to occasionally cloudy and continued warm through Wednesday. Slight chance of showers and thundershowers in the north portion late tonight. High this afternoon and Wednesday in the 80s. Lows tonight 58 to 65. Probability of rain 10 percent this afternoon. Outlook for Thursday, little change. I

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