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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS . 63—NO. 9 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72316)' TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 1967 12 PAGES TEN CENTS Dateline March 28 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)— A tall, bushy-haired commercial fisherman from Vladivostok was back at sea aboard his Soviet shrimp trawler today after spending 43 hours in jail for violating U.S. coastal waters. Leonid M. Kushenko, 29, was released from the Alaska state jail at Anchorage at noon Monday after a representative of the Soviet Embassy in Washington paid his $10,000 fine. CHICAGO (AP) - Oren Lee Btaley, president of the National Farmers Organization says the farmers' milk withholding campaign—now in its 13th day—is continuing "full steam ahead." In the affected 25-state area, Widespread picketing of dairy processing and delivery plants was reported Monday after an Easter weekend lull. NFO members are seeking a two-cent-a quart increase in the price of milk paid to farmers. They get B to 10 cents a quart now. WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's announced Intention to campaign for President Johnson in 1968 is beginning to shape up as a major test of political skill for the New Yorker. Kennedy confirmed Monday What he has been saying for a long tune — he will not challenge Johnson for the Democratic presidential nomination next year. SAIGON (AP) — American pilots bombed the outskirts of Haiphong Monday and pounded other targets in North Vietnam with the heaviest raids in two weeks. A slight break in the weather over North Vietnam enabled U.S. planes to fly 107 missions, a spokesman said. This was the largest number since March 14 when American pilots flew 116 WASHINGTON (AP) — Crime goes under the microscope today of 500 law enforcement, court and other officials seeking to trace the anatomy of lawlessness that frightens some Americans off the street with violence and preys on others through organized syndicates. WASHINGTON (AP) - Critics of President Johnson's proposed massive overhaul of the Social Security System claim he wants to turn it into a welfare program. The administration discounts any such aim, but it's certain that questions raised by witnesses before the House Way: and Means Committee will con cern the panel in closed session next week as it works over the legislation. JuCo Speaker Slated Dr. Charles McClain, presi dent of the Jefferson Countj junior college at Hillsboro, Mo. will speak at the Hayti elemen tary school auditorium tomor row at 7:30 p.m., according t A. B. Barkovitz, president o the Hayti Chamber of Com tnerce. • Dr. McClain will discuss th proposed junior college for th Bootheel, "its financing and op sration," Barkovitz said. 1-55 Missouri Work Hits Snag CAMERA-SHY — This denizen of the deep, a 300-lb. giant sea turtle, poses reluctantly with his captors at Nassau in the Bahamas. A team of SCUBA divers who aimed to spend a relaxing day in the sea gardens just off Nassau wound up roping the big turtle. HAVTT — Difficulties in chaining rights-of-way are hold-1 ng up the awarding of a con ract for construction on Interstate 55 between Portageville and Hayti, according to an of- official of the Missouri Department of Highways. An earlier announcement stating the contract would be awarded March 24 is incorrect, said the official, a spokesman "or Marvin J. Snider, chief engineer of the highway department. The department has never set a definite date for letting the contract, he added, although authorities are certain work will begin this summer. The proposed construction, which comprises that portion of the Interstate which runs from two miles south of Portageville to one and one-half miles north of Hayti, will utilize Highway 61 as the southbound leg of the throughway. Highway 61 will be BETHELL CRIES FOUL IN LIQUOR-GAMING ISSUE By ROBERT t. SHAW Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Rep. John Bethell of Des Arc hinted Monday that Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller and the Pulaski and Garland Counties legislative delegations acted in collusion to get the liquor-by-the- drink and gambling bills through-the General Assembly. The liquor bill failed in both houses and the gambling bill passed but was vetoed by Rockefeller. "Little Rock wanted across the counter drink and had agreed to support Hot Springs in the casino bill," Bethell said on a point of personal privilege. He said, however, that when the liquor bill was defeated Little Rock "pulled a switch" and asked its Ministerial Alliance to contact ministers throughout the state for help against the gambling measure. "Every member of this House has been branded as a result of the fight between these two cities and the failure of the ex- cutive department to carry out its end of the deal," Bethell said. Bethell said Little Rock and Rockefeller were trying to make the city the state's convention center. He said they wanted the drink bill as an inducement to tourists and conventions. "I'm not fixing to take the heat from downstairs because that man (Rockefeller) didn't want the monkey on his back," Bethell said. Supporters of the measure . have charged that the governor bad agreed to allow' the bill to become law without his signature. Rep. Doug Brandon of Little Rock said Bethell, who voted for the bill, was trying to "clean his skirts." "Mr. Bethell, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the fire," Brandon said. Rep. Allan Dishongh of Little Rock pointed out that only four of the 12 members of the Pulaski County delegation in the House who voted on the bill cast their ballots for it. He was one of them. Dishongh said he had heard reports of "money given, bribes exchanged" on the bill, but he didn't believe it. Bethell said the bill, giving a crime commission authority to control gambling in the state, could have been fine legislation. "If he (Rockefeller) put the good people on it, he would have the gamblers on his neck," the representative said. "If he appointed the gamblers he would have the good people on his neck. So he vetoed it." Bethell, referring to allegations that legislators were offered inducements to vote for the bill, said there were many kinds of influence. During the campaign last summer, he said, Rockefeller contributed $50,000 toward the construction of a building at Ouactiita Baptist University, whose president, Dr. Ralph Phelps, is one of the leaders of the anti-gambling faction. "That $50,000 was given with the intent to influence his vote," Bethell said. used again from south of Hayt to the existing terminus of I-5~ south of Steele. Where Highway 61 is to b used as part of the Interstate it will either have to be reno vafed or replaced to meet fed eral standards. The spokesman added that the cutback in federal highway funds will not affect the proposed work. Condemnation suits have been filed against property owners through Circuit Court in Pemicot County in order to clear the right-of-way. Presently construction work is in progress in the Portageville area on a section of 1-55 to run from New Madrid, south. plans call for the Interstate to leave the old Highway 61 route north of Hayti, by-passing the city and rejoining it about two miles south of the city limits. liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiij- | 'IT BEATS ME' | | AGENDA FULL | The Courier News' read- m _ er service feature, "It | | Beats Me," soon will dis- jj _ cuss several questions sub- g | mitted by readers. . | 1 The questions, involving j 1 federal as well as city is- | 1 sues, are requiring more j = than the usual amount of § 1 research and will be dis- |1 patched as soon as possi- | | ble. I 1 One question in particu- g | lar, affecting the taxpay- ^ | ers' pocketbook, will re- | | quire several weeks' re- s 1 search. ( 1 Persons with questions J 1 they would like answered j 1 may send them to this | 1 newspaper in care of, "It |j 1 Beats Me." m Freighters Shot At U.S. Planes WASHINGTON (AP)-U.S. planes were fired on twice last year by Communist freighters in North Vietnam's Haiphong harbor, says the Pentagon. But the Defense Department won't disclose the nationality of the ships or what kind of fire they directed at the American planes. In neither instance, the Pentagon said Monday, was a U.S. plan hit. In neither case did the planes return the fire. The Pentagon also refused to say whether the pilots were under orders to refrain from attacking their attackers. Haiphong has been ruled off- limits from U.S. air attack. Normally pilots are allowed to attack antiaircraft and missile sites that hinder their missions over North Vietnam. Burglars Hit Driver Firm Viet Cong Stage Election Terrorism SAIGON (AP)-The Viet Cong are waging a terrorist campaign against village and hamlet elections scheduled to start in South Vietnam next week, intelligence sources said today. Communist guerrillas have been threatening capable candidates with abduction and mur- aer, encouraging incompetents to become candidates, warning voters against voting, tearing up registration cards, and ordering voters to leave home during the election so they con- not participate. Viet Cong propaganda teams have visited scores of villages and hamlets. Intelligence experts say the guerrillas rounded up peasants in one hamlet in Gia Dinh Province just outside Saigon March 3 for an anti-election rally. Viet Cong speakers told their captive audience that the elections were a "treachrous ruse" by the Saigon government to implement a "false democratic regime." Candidates for office were warned to withdraw or their safety "would not be guaranteed." Voting cards and census records were seized by guerrilla raiders in Vinh Binh hamlet March 1.6. The Viet Cong Liberation Ra Scott Raps JuCo Foes OSCEOLA — Lowrance Brothers in Driver was burglarized late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, according to Deputy Cliff Cannon, of the Mississippi County Sheriff's office. Cannon said 322 money orders, $100 in cash, an 82-pound hind quarter of beef and an 11- and-one-half-pound pork loin were stolen. Since the firm's building also houses a U.S. Post Office, postal investigators will work with the Sheriff's Department investigating the theft, according to Sheriff William Berryman. There are no suspects, according to Cannon. HAYTI — School and community leaders opposing the proposed junior college for the Bootheel were accused today of trying to defeat the measure so that the area can be included in a larger college district. The accusation was made by Dr. John E. Scott, chairman of the college steering committee, in a news release from his office. "The situation facing the voters in the coming election (April 4) is not so much a choice of whether or not to establish a college district in the Bootheel. It can result in the choice of whether we have one or our own .in the Bootheel or for this part of the state to be included in a 'super' district encompassing as many as 10 counties later on," he said. Scott said his steering committee had been told last July that plans were being developed to form a junior collge district that would cover "the entire Bootheel." He said the information came from a "reliable source in Sikeston," but declined to identify the person. 'It was the opinion of the steering committee that such a large district would defeat the very concept and purpose of the community junior collge program," he said. Since the proposed college will not have dormitory facilities, he said, it was decided the facility should be within 30 minutes driving time for every student in the district. Scott said, "There is considerable opposition to it (the college), mainly based on wrong information and assumptions." As an example of erroneous information he cited the belief supported by local taxation. "This is untrue, of course. Additional financing will come from state and federal aid plus [ees paid by the students," he said. He said while some Bootheel residents are opposed to paying a tax levy for the college "the fact remains that Missouri ranks 47th among the 50 states in the amount of state and local taxes paid for education, and 49th as compared with per capita income. "In one year Missouri has income, and well informed educators and laymen attribute this to the lack of greater financial support for education and voca- HHH: LBJ's European Stand-in? By JAMES MARLOW AP News Analyst WASHINGTON (AP) - President' John F. Kennedy made a big thing of Europe. He went there twice in his 34 months as president. Relations with the allies looked good. Europeans loved him and mourned when he died. It's the opposite with President Johnson. He has been in office 40 months and hasn't gone near Europe. Relations with the allies are beginning to look tattered and he is widely criticized there for the Vietnamese war. If he went now, his reception jnight not be happy. Instead he has sent Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey on a two-week tour of Europe. Humphrey Is got supposed ?o be going is responded to his prodding with prodigious legislation. That was the happy part of the year for him. The Vietnam Johnson's substitute. But it's obvious this is a fence-mending mission. Why hasn't Johnson gone in his al-,..._ „ most 3 1 A years in the White | side was grisly for during 1964 House?He may feel, and proba-ithe war there had gone downhill bly would say, he has been too I for the American side which busy. It seems unlikely he could I had tried to sweat it out without have been that busy. In his first full year in office, 1964, Johnson might have made such a trip. But that was an election year. Johnson had a big job to learn. Yet, Kennedy went to Europe in his first year, although 1961 was not an election year. in 1965 Johnson was heavily occupied In two directions, one with Congress, one with Vietnam. At home he dumped a tremendous bundle of programs on Congress which full involvement. It didn't work. In February 1965, in ordering the bombing of North Vietnam, Johnson began to step up the war. Then he piled U. S. troops into the fighting. Vietnam has been a monkey on his back ever since. Despite his success with Congress in 1965, Johnson's prestige at home and abroad dwindled as American involvement in Vietnam got deeper and more bloody. Even so, another president in his place might have ventured a European trip. But Johnson is a man who, once he is committed to some- ;hing, pours his waking hours into it. He has stayed on top of the war every minute, apparently being less concerned with Congress which never since has matched its 1965 record. More There is probably a more personal, and therefore a more basic, reason for Johnson's failure to go abroad. The kind of reception he'd get is uncertain and he is an extremely sensitive man. Nothing shows it better than his almost fantastic attention to the news about his administration and himself. Probably no president in history ever paid such close attention to what was dio regularly criticizes the local elections. One broadcast said: "The so- called elections of village councils, hamlet chiefs and deputy chiefs of the U.S.-Thieu-Ky clique, which can proeed only in a number of temporarily oc- clique, which can proceed only der the pressure of rifles and bayonets of the U.S. aggressors and Thieu-Ky mercenary troops, is a dull and deceitful comedy." The broadcast was referring to Chief of State Nguyen Van Thieu and Premier Nguyen Cao Ky. There are 2,552 village and 13,9114 hamlets in South Vietnam. Elections start Sunday and in the next two months Will be held in 961 villages and 4,487 hamlets. The Saigon governoment estimates that the Viet Cong control 318 villages and 3,967 hamlets. YOUNG DEMOS HOST PURCELL Mississippi County's Democrats will honor Young Arkansas Attorney General Joe Purcell tomorrow night. Purcell will be in town to address Blytheville's Rotary Club on Thursday. the Slumped from 17th to 23rd I Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., .... among the stales in per capita YD's will have a coffee for Pur. _i ' it :,,£„„,— „j n A,, nr\\\ of fVm nivift Pit? cell at the Dixie Pig. "Everyone interested in meeting Mr. Purcell is invited to come out," YD President tional - technical training." 'Charles Roy Lutes said. HERE THURSDAY — Arkansas Attorney General Joe Purcell will be the speaker Thursday at Blytheville Rotary Club. He's the concluding speaker in a series of programs on American youth. being said about him. He wants to read everything relating to him and his administration as soon as it moves on lie wires. Much of it in the past couple of years has not been ilattering because so much involved criticism of him about Vietnam. He has been complaining that much, if not most, of what has | been written about him is unfair. He was anything but delighted with what happened at his recent conference on Guam. There South Vietnam's Premier Nguyen Cao Ky, a graceful, colorful man took the news play away from Johnson and top U.S. aides by his fiery talk to reporters. There was only one real rea- Sce LliJ on Page 5 Negro Man Charged With Rape of Child OSCEOLA — A 41-year-old Negro man has been charged, with the rape of a 6-year-old Negro girl, according to Police Chief Ray Rigsby. Robert Smith of 214 Brown, a trucking firm employe, is being held in the Osceola city jail and is expected to be arraigned before a municipal judge tomorrow, according to Rigsby. Brown is expected to be bound over to criminal court which will have its next session ;his summer, he said. The girl was assaulted Sunday morning after she attended :hurch, according to Rigsby. He said Brown was arrested at his place of employment yesterday morning and was put in a police lineup yesterday afternoon where the child pointed him out. Rape is punishable in Arkansas by either life imprisonment or death in the electric chair. SPACE CO-OPERATION — This United Kingdom satellite's undergoing a checkout at NASA's test range in California. Hie satellite Is part of a co-operative United Kmg- dom-U.S. program to study various conditions and physical properties in space. 16 Die in Bus Fire DACCA, East Pakistan (AP) —Ten men, three women and three children were burned to death Monday night when a bus swerved to avoid a bullock cart, skidded into a ditch, turned over and caught fire near Luximpur. Fourteen other passengers were injured. The driver and conductor were not hurt. Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy and mild this afternoon through Wednesday. Highs this afternoon 74 to 80. Lows tonight in the 50s. Highs Wednesday 74 to 82. Outlook for Thursday partly cloudy and warm. dillllillliliiililillllilllllilllliilillllilillllinilllWlllllllllllllllllilNIIII vt fit st or

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