The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 7, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 7, 1967
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BLYTHEVULE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 18 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72316): FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 1967 14 PAGES TIN CENTS Shouts, Eggs, Paint Greet Humphrey in Paris By HARRY KELLY PARIS (AP) - Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey arrived in Paris today and after an ineffectual Communist demonstration at the airport hurried into talks with President Charles de Gaulle that were expected to bring no major improvement in French-American relations. Humphrey came from .West Berlin, where noisy young demonstrators threw flour, a firecracker and beer glasses and waved a North Vietnamese flag outside two receptions Thursday night for the vice president. He was not hit and appeared unruffled. As Humphrey arrived at Orly Airport today, about 200 demonstrators set up shouts for "peace in Vietnam" as they stood on the roof toe airport administration building several hundred yards from the honor salon where Humphrey stepped from his plane. Some of the demonstrators hurled eggs at a car full of newsmen but missed. One of the cars in Humphrey's motorcade was splattered with white paint as it drove into the city. Humphrey paused briefly at his hotel on the Place de La Concorde, then drove four blocks to the Elysee Palace for the meeting and luncheon with De Gaulle. The French Communist party newspaper, Humanite, published a detailed program showing where Humphrey would be all day and urged followers to show him that "French public opinion condemns American aggression in Vietnam." It called him "the traveling salesman of American aggression." Although the French government position on the Vietnamese war is not far from the Communist stand, French officials assured newsmen they were doing everything possible to .make Humphrey welcome in Paris. Working with American security officials, they arranged careful protection measures. But French sources said they could see little prospect of any new development or initiatives resulting from the vice president's talks with President Charles de Gaulle and other French officials. "We both already know each other's positions very well on the main subjects," said one source, referring particularly to De Gaulle's opposition to the American presence in Vietnam. Other likely subjects for dis- cussion were East-West relations, the proposed treaty to check the spread of nuclear weapons, British entry info the Common Market, the Kennedy round of tariff negotiations, and the poor relations between France and the United States. The demonstrations against Humphrey in the French capital began on a small scale. Police reported finding, the slogan "Mort au H" — "Death to H" for Humphrey — painted on several building walls, yellow posters signed by the French Communist party saying "Humphrey go home," and other wall signs reading "Humphrey murderer" and "U.S. equals S.S." At the airport, a group standing on a roof terrace tossed out multicolored leaflets protesting the vice president's visit. Some fluttered toward the arrival salon several hundred yards away where Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Murville wel- See HUMPHREY on Page 3 VAN THIEU THREATENS N. VIET INVASION IN SESSION—About 300 state high school students are attending the 1967 convention of Arkansas Association of Student Councils being held here. Students began arriving yes- terday and activities conclude tonight with . a banquet and dance at Central Elementary cafeteria. (Courier News Photo) Faint Optimism n OEO Remarks County Judge A. A. Banks evinced a sort of faint optimism yesterday when he reported on County Office of Economic Opportunity projects to members of Blytheville's Rotary Club. For example in speaking of the county's Neighborhood Service Centers, Banks said, "I'm not sure they are serving the purpose they were intended to serve." But he went on to point out some of the services they have provided for the poor. He told of Service Centers getting help for the seriously ill, the injured and the family which has been struck by a disaster such as a house fire. "They also are a place the poor people seem to like to go. Remember, these people don't have much they can do ... and in the Service Centers they can hear about problems which af- AT VO-TECH Student Body Is Slimmer Administrators at the Cotton Boll Vocational Technical are confident they will be able to arrest the school's skidding full- time enrollments, and, moreover, double the number of students in day classes by next fall. According to Fady E. Berry, director, there are 78 full-time students enrolled, less than half the school's rated capacity of 190 to 200, and a decided drop from the 102 enrolled Dec. 21, when the school's formal dedication was held. However, added Berry, evening classes are filled almost to capacity, with some 190 part- time students enrolled. Berry expects the drop - out rate to decline drastically, by perhaps as much as 100 percent as the school becomes more established and enrollments mount. A certain number of dropouts are to be expected, said Berry, and it is very difficult to determine the major cause. Among the more common rea- sons for leaving school, he said, are finding jobs, military enlistments and financial difficulties. Regarding courses now open, Berry said administrators could place about a dozen students in both the sheet-metal and building trades classes. Administrators at Vo-Tech also biarnc the delay in the school's opening last fall for the comparatively poor enrollment. The school was to have opened in September, but circumstances delayed operations until mid-November. Berry added that Vo-Tech administrators are w o r k i n g toward boosting enrollments tor next fall. Vocational counselors from the school are meeting with guidance counselors at the secondary levels in an effort to seek out interested high school students. The high enrollment in the evening classes is because most of the students in part - time classes are already employed and are seeking to i m p r o v e their skills, rather than learn trade or re-train, Berry said. feet them," Banks said. Mississippi County is k n o wn over the state and in Washington as a souttiern delta county which has an exemplary War on Poverty program, Banks said. "It's gratifying to know that your county is recognized for the cooperation between the race which has come about in working out our OEO organization." It wasn't always thus, Banks said. "We got off on the wrong foot in this county when we tried to set up our 030. "We didn't know how it should be done and we couldn't find anyone to tell us how it should be done." As a consequence, be reported yesterday, the Negro community was "upset and distraught." "One of them warned that we could have another Selma here in Blytheville. "I asked that the lines of communication be kept open; that the door not be closed." Eventually, Banks said, the problems were worked out. These problems centered about Negro representation both on the county OEO committee and in the various OEO administrative positions. "You are fortunate that you had a group of men who were willing to take time off from their jobs to work this out. I don't believe this could have happened 10 years ago ..." Banks said, evidently in reference to the inter-racial cooperation which was needed to get the War on Poverty off the ground. As it turned out, he said, an old nemesis of white supremacists — L. C. Bates, head of the Arkansas division of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People — See OEO on Page t Dateline April 7 MANILA (AP) - About 300 Philippine and American war veterans, some still on crutches, stood silently at attention today for the ceremony opening the four-day observance of the 25th anniversary of Bataan and Corregidor. A military guard of honor presented arms as the Philippine flag was raised at the memorial to Jose Rizal, the Philippines' national hero, on the shores of Manila Bay overlooking the famed World War II battleground. WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is hiring former Communist soldiers to help American troops locate Viet Cong guerrillas and their hideouts in South Vietnam, Pentagon sources report. This new intelligence program was launched early this year in extreme northern areas of the country near the demilitarized zone. The repatriated enemy troops are called Kit Carson scouts. • HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) -- The nation's space agency, stalled in its efforts to land men on the moon, has more changes coming at its management levels in an effort to recoup from the Apollo 1 tragedy. Two top-level management switches have already been made. And, James E. Webb, chief of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has indicated more might follow. • WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Gpv. George Romney con fronts tonight the biggest issue yet facing his unannounced bid for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination — the war in Vietnam. All signs point to a general endorsement of President Johnson's war policies — as an~uti' pleasant but necessary task — spiced with criticism of the way the administration has sought peace and internal stability in South Vietnam. • .WASHINGTON (AP) — Future U.S. astronauts en route to the moon have been given eight prime lunar landing sites at which to aim their spacecraft. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said Thursday it had chosen the prime sites from 20 that had been under consideration after their pictures had been returned to earth by the Surveyor spacecraft that landed on the moon and three Lunar Orbiter spacecraft. • NAPLES, Pla. (AP) —"The great American game of prejudging criminal cases" is to blame for the continuing marathon of jury selection in the Carl Coppolino murder trial, says Defense Attorney F. Lee Bailey. This was Bailey's statement Thursday after dismissing a jury candidate, Paul H. Lineback Jr. who said he would hold it against Coppolino if the 34- year-old anestesiologist decided not to take the witness stand for himself. SAIGON (AP) - South Vietnam's chief of state threatened today to bomb Hanoi or invade North Vietnam if the North Vietnamese don't stop attacking the South Vietnamese half of the demilitarized zone. The threat by Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Thieu came in the wake of a Communist attack on a South Vietnamese border post as well as the raid Thursday by perhaps 2,000 North Vietnamese troops on the provincial capital of Quang Tri. In the air war against North Vietnam, U.S. planes attacked Communist missile .sites Thursday within the defense ring surrounding Hanoi and Haiphong, North Vietam's major port. Two of the sites attacked were only five and seven miles from Haiphong. Just south of Haiphong, two U.S. destroyers, the Waddell and the Duncan, were hit by Red shore batteries Thursday. But the Navy said there were no casualties and damage to the ships was light. Thieu said Communist attacks In the South 'Vietnamese half of the six-mile-wide demilitarized zone between North and South Vietnam are a deliberate violation of the 1954 Geneva agre- ment, and South Vietnam "reserves the right to retaliate in any form to protect itself." Asked what form the retaliation might take, Thieu said Hanoi might be bombed or South Vietnamese troops could be sent into the North. "And these actions must be considered as self-defense," he added. Premier Nguyen Cao Ky flew to Quang Tri today to survey the damage from the latest Red attacks south of the Ben Hai bridge, which marks the border between North and South Vietnam and is the dividing point between the northern and south- er halves of the demilitarized zone. Ky's government filed a protest with the International Control Commission charging that North Vietnamese soldiers moved across the bridge Wednesday, forcing South Vietnamese civilian police to aban- don their post at the southern end of the bridge. The governmednt said South Vietnamese artillery opened up on the Communist force and the steel girder bridge. It said eight rounds hit the bridge, but it remained passable to traffic. The United States and South Vietnam have charged the Reds with repeatedly violating the demilitarized zone and infiltrating troops through it into the South. U.S. intelligence also reports that some 35,000 regular North Vietnamese troops are now in and around the zone. Thursday, the Communists followed up the crossing of the Ben Hai bridge with a series of attacks on Quang Tri City, which is about 10 miles below the zone on the main north- south highway. These attacks hit a regimental command post at Quang Tri City, other South Vietnamese posts and a number of American installations in the city. Ten U.S. military advisers were killed and nine wounded. The Red Forced penetrated within the city and was there for much of the day. They opened the gates of the citv prison and freed about 250 prisoners of war. The U.S. military advisers' compound and a .nearby compound housing U.S. aid personnel were among the American centers hit. A joint force of U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese troops was rushed to the city by helicopter and by road. South Vietnamese military headquarters said the attacks were made by four battalions of Red troops, or about 2,000 men. The headquarters said 156 Communist soldiers were killed in the fighting. South Vietnamese casualties were not announced but were serious in some units. The attackers got inside one artillery position and damaged two 105mm howitzers. There and elsewhere they burned and blew up vehicles — perhaps 20 to 30 in all. Quang Tri Province is one of the most politically sensitive in South Vietnam. During last year's Buddhist crisis it was in almost open revolt against the Saigon regime. Coupled with its location along the border, this makes it a sore spot for the Saigon government and for U.S. forces. U.S. B52s have repeatedly raided suspected Red concentrations in the province and did so twice Thursday night and today. American air raids in tha North Thursday penetrated into the heartland of the Red defense network around Hanoi and Hai- phong — the area the pilots call "the iron triangle" because of its bristling network of surface- to-air missiles and radar-controlled antiaircraft guns. All-weather Intruder jets from the nuclear-powered carrier Enterprise swept in low to blast a series of SAM sites around Haiphong with bombs and air- to-ground missiles. They also hit a fuel dump only six miles from Haiphong. Overcast skies, which limited the day's air strikes to 80, prevented good damage assessment. Other pilots hit supply targets up and down the coast as U.S. Navy ships bombarded the coastal supply network. The heaviest ground fighting Thursday was reported by Korean soldiers clearing coastal highway one in Phu Yen Province. They claimed 78 Communist soldiers killed in a series of running fights. The heaviest American fighting was reported in Tay Ninh Province west of Saigon, where infantrymen are sweeping the jungles alog the Cambodian border in the biggest ground operation of the war. U.S. headquarters said eight American soldiers were killed and 67 wounded Thursday. In the central highlands near Pleiku, a camp of the 4th Infantry Division came under a crude tear gas attack which caused no casualties. Viet Cong apparently sneaked up on the camp and hurled a barrage of pop bottles containing a light green powder that oxidized to produce a type of tear gas. The Viet Cong have used tear gas several times tn recent months, generally to cover battlefield withdrawals. Court Junks Powell's Suit WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. District Judge George L. Hart Jr. dismissed today Adam Clayton Powell's suit for his seat in Congress. Hart also denied Powell's application for a three-judge court to hear me constitutional challenge of the resolution that excluded him. The judge said the federal court does not have jurisdiction in the case. Herbert Reid, one of Powell's attorneys, said that the issue will be taken as quickly as possible to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Reid said he would file the appeal probably some time today. "The doctrine of separation of powers, which developed over a period of two millennia, is firmly embedded in the warp and woof of our Constitution," Hart said in his decision. Hart said for the court to decide the case and grant what Powell had asked "would constitute t clear violation of the doctrine of separation of powers." On that basis he accepted the core of the House defense against the action by the New York Negro Democrat. The House excluded Powell on grounds he misused Education and Labor Committee funds, defied New York State courts in a defamation suit and was contumacious toward House committees that investigated him. He contends the House wrongfully established qualifications not required by the Constitution. Powell asked Hart to set up a Israel, Syria Clash TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) While a tank battle raged below, Israeli Mirage jets and swift Syrian MIG21S slugged it out today in a dogfight that Syria said swept over Damascus. Both sides claimed two enemy planes downed and Syria said a third Israeli jet was hit by antiaircraft fire and crashed. Before the air battle, Israeli and Syrian forces aground engaged in a long-range duel of tanks, guns and mortars across flie dessert frontier south of the Sea of Galilee. three-judge panel to hear a constitutional challenge to the resolution that excluded him. The law authorizes a district judge to establish such a panel when an act of Congress is challenged. The House contends its resolution is not an act of Congress. Powell, who will try to regain his seat in a special election Tuesday, also asked Hart for an injunction ordering the House to seat him immediately. Thursday in Albany, New York's highest court ruled Powell could run for the 18th Congressional District seat. Hart or a special three-judge panel could issue the injunction which would force the House to seat the Harlem Democrat pending the outcome of the court suit. Hart could also act alone and dismiss Powell's entire suit. If Hart alone dismisses the suit, Powell's attorneys plan to take the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals. If the special panel Is convened and rules against him, Powell could appeal directly io the Supreme Court. The House plans also to appeal any adverse ruling. Powell's attorneys argued he meets the three qualifications set by the Constitution for membership in the House — age, citizenship and residency. They held the House had gone beyond the Constitution when it excluded Powell and the courts had authority to override the action. ;•. The House asked Hart to dismiss the case on grounds the federal courts lack jurisdiction because the Constitution sets up the legislative and judicial branches, along with the executive, as co-equal branches of government. The House said the Constitution provides that members of Congress cannot be called up to answer for their official actions. Weather Forecast Partly cloudy and not so warm through tonight. Increasing cloudiness with a chance of showers Saturday. Little tern* perature change. High Saturday in the 70s. Low tonight 48-M, IIHIIIIIllllllllHliHIHHHIIlllllllHlllllllHIIHllllllUIUIIIIIllllliimiliU

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