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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 4, 1967
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"Page Two - Blythtvffle '(Ark.) Courier Kevs - Tuesday, April 4, 1967^ Two Witnesses Put Speck in Murder Area ••••• By f. RICHARD CICCONE -.". PEORIA, 111. (AP) - The '.prosecution has called two witnesses who placed Richard -: Speck in the Chicago neighbor~hood where eight nurses were -•-.•murdered last July. •:r. William Martin, the assist,-" :.'.:'.e's attorney from Cook County, Monday recited the state's version of the night wtien an intruder bound and gagged "eight girls, then led them off at intervals to be slaughtered. Martin's statement was based • M the story of Miss Corazon Amiirao, 23. the exchange nurse from the Philippines who hid under a bed and was overlooked by the killer. Gerald Getty, Cook County public defender representing Speck, attacked Miss Amurao's identification of Speck and labeled three fingerprints which the state says are Speck's as "smudges." "The theory of the defense is that Speck is not ttie perpetrator of this crime," Getty, 53, said in his opening statement. Getty said that Speck rented a room July 13 at a seaman's inn two miles from the scene of the murders, and slept in the room tfie night of the slayings. The courtroom, jammed with 80 newsmen and spectators, was silent as Martin related lion- Miss Amurao answered a knock on her bedroom door at 11 p.m. July 13, and confronted the killer. The prosecutor stood motionless in front of the jury box and described how the nurse watched the killer drag her sev- en roommates to their deaths in other rooms of (he dormitory and listened as he raped his final victim. At the conclusion of his presentation, Martin, 30, told the jury of seven men and five women, "We will ask you to find Richard Franklin Speck guilty of those eight murders and to fix his punishment at death." ¥ * * The state called its first three witnesses during the afternoon session. Samuel Mazzone, chief car- tographer for Chicago, testified as to the location of several structures connected with the case. Dante Bargellini of Chicago, a merchant seaman, told the court that on July 12 he drove the 25-year-old defendant to a ship anchored in Calumet harbor where Speck believed lie would find employment. Bargellini said Speck did not get the deckhand job and asked to be taken back to the National Maritime Union hall, located across the street from the South Side Chicago townhouse where the girls were slain. George Mackey, a marine engineer from Parma, Ohio, employed on the ship, testified that Bargellini offered him a ride from the harbor to a drug store. * * . * Mackey said Speck was seated next to him in Bargellini's truck and at one point remarked, "Oh hell, I'm going to New Orleans and ship out." Martin said in his statement that the killer told the girls he needed money to get to New Orleans. Getty's cross-examination of the last two witnesses was primarily concerned with establishing Speck's appearance at the time of the murders. Both men said his blond hair was long and swept back. In his statement. Getty attacked a police artist's sketch which depicted the suspected killer as having a crewcut. Getty concluded his opening statement: "D ea th penalty? Find him not guilty." Complicated Postal System Needs Overhaul? By JOHN W. BECKLER WASHINGTON (AP) - Postmaster General Lawrence F. O'Brien wants his job abolished and the trouble-ridden postal system placed under a nonprofit government corporation. O'Brien,, who said last month the Post Office Department was in" a race with catastrophe, would like to turn his track shoes over to a professional executive heading a corporate-like government agency. more people. Now employment I mail as a public service or have is up to 700,000 and the budget' the system pay its own way. It up to $6.3 billion while the problems are worse than ever. But if the department can be faulted for its inattention to the passing times, its major problems are hardly of its own making. It has responsibility for running a vast, complex business without any control over the volume it handles, the revenue it gets or the wages it pays. It is hedged in by legal restric- The plan, disclosed Monday at j lions that control its use of man- a meeting of the Magazine Pub- j power and transportation facil- lishers Association, caught Con- ities. postal employe * * * like trying to run the gress and the organizations by surprise. Only cautious comments were forthcoming. * * * "He's shown us a nice picture cf a house, but before we make a down payment I want to see tlic blueprints," said E. C. Hallbeck, head of the United Federation of Postal Clerks. 'O'Brien gave few details in W talk and department officers w.cre just as kimpy with thm but it appeared he had something like the Tennessee Valley Authority in mind for the postal operation. A board of directors appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate would select a management expert to run the system. Where that would leave Congress, which now acts as the board of directors, was not clear. It is certain to take a long, hard look at the propoal. !The Post Office Department has been operating in pretty much the same way since Andrew Jackson's administration in 1829. A tradition that old is hard to change. •However, O'Brien, a confident, capable Irishman used to success, seems determined to revamp the department. Even if his public corporation plan falls through, he has a major modernization program under way and is studying several plans that call for voluntary efforts by business and individuals to ease the mailman's load. biggest transportation '•Its world's system with one hand tied behind your back," says William J. Hartigan, a former airline cargo specialist whose job is fitting into the modern era a mail transportation system geared to the railroads. In the last 20 years, while mail volume has doubled, the number of mail-carrying trains has dwindled from 10,000 to 800. But most domestic mail still moves by rail and Hartigan says laws favoring the railroads deny him the flexibility needed lo fashion a more efficient, cheaper system. Use of the mails has reached staggering proportions in the United Stales. An estimated 80 million pieces will course tries to do both, without doing either. A 1958 law says postal revenue should equal operating costs, minus specified services to be paid for by the taxpayers as public services. That goal has not yet been reached. Congress, which passed the law, ignored it. In 1962, for example, Congress raised rates $900 million — enough to wipe out, momentarily, the operating.deficit. But it also raised wages $1,2 billion — enough to bring it right back. In addition, the public services Ihe department is required to provide are proving far more costly than contemplated. In 1960, the first year money was ^ appropriated for these items, it j took 534 million. This year the cost will be $594 million, almost half the current deficit. The increase has been so rapid that postal officials feel the burden on the public treasury may outweigh any benefit accruing to the public through the low-cost mailings. The costliest service it has to render is the delivery of magazines and newspapers of nonprofit organizations at an eighth-o[-a-cent each. Thus the department gets a penny for picking up, sorting, transporting — it could be t» costs considerably higher than they pay, but this is by policy and tradition, not law. In theory, revenue from first-class mail — of which 75 per cent is business mail — is to make up the losses. President * * Johnson for a rates is asking' $700-million increase in this year, which could produce the long-awaited balancing of accounts if Congress doesn't go beyond the |200-million increase in postal wages he also is seeking, as it well might. | politan areas willing to work for For although postal pay has risen about 25 per cent in the last five years, the postal em- ploye still is one of the most poorly rewarded workers in the country. Starting pay for a postal clerk or letter carrier is $5,331 a year, with a top of ?7,263 attainable after 21 years. The starting hourly rate is $2.64, and most complaints about postal service can be tracflrf. to that figure. Not many people can be found in metro- such wages. The bus company that takes the postal worker to his job in Washington, D.C., starts its drivers at $6,900 a year—a level the postal em- ploye will reach in 15 years. Knapp Shoes Send name and address to: MALCOLM JOHNSTON 1104 Laurant ED 3-1876 Caruthersville, Mo. SPRINGCLEAN-UPTIME Replace That Broken Glass In Your STORM DOORS And STORM WINDOWS ALSO AVAILABLE: • SHOWER DOORS • STORE FRONTS • FURNITURE TOPS • PICK-UP & DELIVERY L&M GLASS COMPANY 2015 W. Main - Ph. PO 3-0277 - Home PO 3-1287 through the system this year, JAiaska"'-"and delivering "eight more than is handled by the rest copies o[ suc i, ma t e rial. of the world's post offices combined. Four of five pieces are to point io the business mail. Critics like quicker mail service available in most other countries, but the enormity of the U.S. volume and the distance.-; it has to be delivered make comparisons invalid. In Great Britain, a total volume last year was 11 billion pieces; in France, 9 billion; in Japan, 6.E billion. Four U.S. cities — New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington — match the total British volume. Nearly every other country j combines its postal service with One possibility would be have secretaries in some areas picJi up the office mail on their way to work. Other studies are looking at I telephone and telegraph service to in a communications ministry, making up the nearly universal postal losses with profits from the other operations. O'Brien looked at the European systems the possibility of requiring i last fall and may have gotten standardized envelope sizes and I the idea for a public corporation planes using chartered cargo exclusively for mail. The search for a better way to j similar, deliver the mail is something new for the Post Office, which from England, which is in the process of setting up something The department figures that [01 every 51 it collects from the nonprofit organizations it has to lake $34 out of the Treasury to cover costs. "That's not a public service," says Ralph W. Nicholson, of the Post Office's Bureau of Finance and Administration. "It is antisocial." Commercial newspapers and magazines and hulk-mailed advertising also are carried at 1st ANNIVERSARY NOW THRU APRIL 6th 5 A.M. - 8 A.M. Free Coffee with Meal 8 A.M. - 10:30 A.M. Free Fried Pie with Corte« 10:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. Free Tea with Meal 1:30 P.M. - 4 P.M. Coffee 5c 4 P.M. - 10 P.M. Sc less on Plate Lunch M&R Brackin's Cafe 123 South 3rd St. Blytheville - Ph. PO 3-9929 Until the United States has generally tried to solve its j has been unable to decide problems with more money and j whether it wants to carry the Navy Needs New DSSP Equipment NOTICE We Sale By JIM STROTHMAN CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP -i- The Navy's deep-ocean programs are plagued with unreliable equipment, two naval officers told a technical conference. • "I cannot tell you one piece of equipment that is reliable for deepocean work," said Capt. \V.M. Nicholson, director of the Navy's Deep Submergence Systems Project . "There is a general lack of reliability throughout the field," agreed Capt. T.K. Treadwell, deputy commander of the Navy's Occanographic Office. ;' Problems affecting the Navy's nian-in-lhe-sea program were discussed Monday at an oceanography session and press conference duriR the fourth space congress being held at Cocoa Beach, Fla. '• Nicholson said the experience of aqunnauts — who were confined from 11 to 30 days in the j fjavy's Scalab 1 and Sealab 2' underwater laboratories off the California shore in ISM and l!)(i,i j- proved that man can live and work under water for long peri- ods. However, "we do not have in hand the hardware needed for man to work," the project director said. Capt. George F.Bond, assistant [or medical effects with the Deep Submergence Systems Project, said in a technical paper read by Nicholson that deep-diving hardware used in Sealabs 1 and 2 "has a history of unhappy experiences." Aquanauts working in the underwater laboratory learned that "virtually all equipment placed in the ocean will become fouled, lost or seasick," Bond said. The specialist said the main problem was that equipment used in sealabs was designed for sea-level, dry-air conditions. 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