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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS 63-NO. 24 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72816): FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 1967 14 PAGES TIN CENTS Dateline April 14 CHICAGO (AP) - Plant shutdowns increase, violence occurs and reports of impending drug shortage arise as the truck strike-lockout continues in the Chicago area. PUNTE DEL ESTE, Uruguay (AP) — President Johnson and the chiefs of 18 Latin American nations signed today a "declaration of the Presidents of America" to speed economic progress, but Ecuador broke the united front and refused to sign. The declaration of the inter- American summit conference pledges the nations to long-term common action to assure the hemisphere's economic growth. In addition to Ecuador, which had demanded more U.S. aid, Bolivia did not attend the conference. WASHINGTON (AP) - For as little as $100, do-it-yourself electronic experts are getting sateilite's-eye view of the earth's cloud cover. It's almost as easy as plucking a television program out of the air with a commercial set in the home — and as with network television, there are three channels to choose from. The tranmissions can be picked up from three photo-taking weather satellite in polar orbits 800 to 900 miles above the earth — Essa 2 and 4 and Nimbus. LONDON (AP) — Britain's ruling Labor party was shaken today by its worst election defeat in years, the loss of the London County government after 33 years in controp. And the opposition Conservatives were riding high in other county elections all caross England and Wales. The local set backs had no effect on Prime Minister Harold Wilson's large majority in the House of Commons or Labor's hold on the national government. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted —in a slap at President Johnson — to repeal the presidential election campaign financing law. But the measure's chief backer vowed today the fight isn't over. Sen. Russell B. Long, D-La., author of the law, told newsmen he considered the defeat "a small skirmish in a long war.' : But Sen. Albert Gore, D- Tenn., sponsor of the repeal move — whcih won 48 to 42 — said he's fully confident the law will be wiped off the books effective July 1. WASHINGTON (AP) - The reaction of Supreme Court justices to arguments at a wiretap case hearing suggests the death knell may sound soon for legalized eavesdropping as it exists today. "Star chamber proceedings' was the description Chief Justice Earl Warren gave to the way New York judges authorized such bugging. "Legalized burglary" was the description Justice William J Brennan Jr. gave to the way official eavesdroppers gained ac cess to two Manhattan offices in 1962 to plant microphones and collect evidence against a Chi cago public relations man. HHOENDORF, Germany (AP)—The condition of Konrad Adenauer was unchanged today and "no dramatic develop ments" are expected for the moment, a spokesman an nounced. He said Adenauer was con icious and talked with members of his family who were with him Thursday. WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen ate Ethics Committee sources indicated today that evidenc gathered against Sen. Thomas J. Dodd is being reviewed in response to a request for re opening of committee hearings The appeal for additional pub lie hearings' into misconduc charges against Dodd was made by four ex-employes of the Con necticut Democrat. All four ad mtttcdly rifled Dodd's files h disclose what they said was se rious wrongdoing. Twisters, Winds Rake State; Paragould Hit By THE ASSOCIATED PRES» Tornadoes, strong >vinds and severe thunderstorms pounded Arkansas Thursday and a daylight asessment of damage today indicated tht the city of Paragould was the hardest hit. "It's just almost impossible to tell at this time" about the damage, said Mayor J. T. Brown of Paragould. "I'd say it would run a half million dollars anyway, probably up to a million or more," he said. Initial reports Thursday night indicated that more than $200,000 damage had been done at Paragould. The storm touched down in Paragoulc just after 6:30 p.m. with several citizens calling it a tornado. The U. S. Weather Bureau at Little Rock said today that it did not sight any tornado echo at Paragould during the time but that it would be almost impossible to ascertain whether a tornado struck without an investigation of the damaged area. The bureau said it was quite possible that a tornado did touch down in Paragould. Confirmed tornadoes Thursday struck Nashville, DeWitt and near El Dorado. Brown said Paragould citizens were fortunate that the storm struck when it did, since most citizens were home for the dinner hour. Had it truck an hour earlier, the mayor said, "many people could have been killed." One woman received facial cuts from flying debris and 15 other person' received minor injuries at i ..ragould, it was reported. Roofs were lifted off a number of houses, off the Emanuel Baptist Church, a theater and other buildings. Brown estimated that some 200 cars were damaged in the storm. The weather bureau today issued a forecast of fair skies through Saturday. The forecast called for low temperatures tonight in the 50s with high readings Saturday in the 70s. The strong winds prompted numerous reports of tornado sightings by residents. Tornadic-like winds left communications disrupted, power lines down and the streets filled with debris at the Banks community near Warren, at Crossett, Paragould, Stuttgart and Mountain Home. Falling limbs caused by the tornado at Nashville broke the leg of Mrs. Pearl Morris, 76, who was in her backyard at the time. Roofs of at least 10 houses were damaged at Nashville. Some minor injuries from flying debris were reported at Paragould where strong winds whipped through the city about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, tearing the roof and walls off an automobile parts store. A resident said it looked as though the "building just ex- See WEATHER on Page 7 "WORST... THIS YEAR" — Speaking of of the infestation of mildew (erysiphe gram- inis tritici) on North Mississippi County wheat, M.C. McDaninel, extension plant pathologist from Little Rock, said- Wednesday: "Powdery mildew is the worst on wheat this year I ever saw." Examining some of the diseased wheat are, from left, Col. Wheeler Perkins, district extension agent, Little Rock; Dr. Wayne Babble, head, soils department, University of Arkansas; and McDaniel. For more on wheat's troubles in the county this year, see "On Missco Farms" by Keith Bilbrey, county agricultural agent, on Page 11. For C'ville High Schools Integration Planned In an effort to comply with federal de - segregation rulings, the Caruthersville School Board has devised a tentative integration plan which it thinks will be acceptable to the U.S. Office of Education. If the federal standards are not met, the school district stand to lose approximately $200,000 of some $500,000 in government funds available to Caruthersville. Bob Morgan, president of the school board, stressed that definite plans, either in regard to WESTMORELAND ON VIETNAM TIME OF VICTORY NOT PREDICTABLE Powell Wants Talks With Negro Heads BIMINI, the Bahamas (AP) — Adam Clayton Powell has invited Dr. Martin Luther King and other Negro leaders to come to Bimini for a meeting next week, says an aide of the Harlem Democrat. Black power leader Stokely Carmichael was scheduled to be in neighboring Florida, and could join the group. King, head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and NAACP ested heads have been missing in a parade of Negro leaders who have been conferring with Powill on this British possession. If the meeting materializes, it probably would mean that Powell will not be in Washington Tuesday, When his election certificate is scheduled to be presented to Congress, which excluded him March 1. The preacher-politician has reserved a tennis court at the Bimini Hotel for an indefinite number of Sunday sermons. Powell, inaccessible to newsmen, was reported more inter- in winning a suit against Congress, and thus preserving his seniority, than in rushing back to his seat after his re election. students or faculty, could not be made until pre-registration is complete in May or June and until they know definitely what the needs will be concerning instructors. The major change anticipated according to Morgan, is the consolidation of grades 10 through 12 in one building, the Ward Avenue center. (The Ward Center is a predominantly white school. The majority of Negro high school students attend the 18th Street Center. The 18th Street Center will be converted into a junior high school, Morgan said. (White junior high school students now attend Lee Rood School. Lee Rood will continue as a junior high facility, according to Morgan). Asked whether he thought the See INTEGRATION on Page 7 Chamber Luncheon Monday The regular monthly executive luncheon of the Chamber of Comerce will be held Monday, April 17, at the Holiday Inn, beginning at noon. By JOHN T. WHEELER SAIGON (AP) — Despite an impressive string of allied battlefield victories and soaring Communist desertions, Gen. William C. Westmoreland believes the end of the war is not n sight. The U.S. commander in Vietnam said in an interview that his battle plan remains the same: "We'll just go on bleed- ng them until Hanoi wakes up :o the fact that they have bled jieir country to the point of na- Jonal disaster for several generations. Then they will have to reassess their position. "My strategy is to put the pressure on the enemy everywhere and that includes the major bombing campaign in the North. The only way I know how to light a war is by putting the maximum pressure on the maximum amount of the time." Westmoreland believes Hanoi is still pouring troops south in the mistaken belief that they are winning great victories even though they are suffering terrible casualties. Intelligence reports show Communist commanders are claiming 5 to 20 times the number of allied troops actually killed in fighting. The U.S. command believes that in this sense Hanoi is a victim of its own propaganda. The Communists have suffered more than 22,500 casualties since Jan. 1 but are still capable of launching regimental attacks with regularity. Although U.S. intelligence rates the morale of various enemy units at poor to adequate, leadership and fighting spirit remain quite high. Westmoreland tells his combat commanders: "The only way to defeat the Viet Cong to- tally is to defeat his morale, discredit his leaders and to make him see only death awaits him in the future." The Pentagon has agreed to boost U.S. troop strength this year from the present 438,000 to about 500,000. Westmoreland leclines to discuss strength ceil- ngs, but ottier senior U.S. offi- ers are known to believe far more are necessary. Westmoreland still must reck- in on the possibility of losing an :ntire major American unit in some attack. But with his most Health Clinic Is Set for Wednesday LEACHVILLE - Beginning Monday a health clinic will be held at the Neighborhood Service Center here, and will con tinue every first and third Wednesday of following months from 9 a.m. to noon. A county health nurse w i 1 give children vaccinations for whooping cough, diptheria, tet anus, small pox and polio. recent siring of victories north ' and west of Saigon, the U.S. commander believes the American public could swallow a major defeat. The U.S. command recognizes that if a 600-man American battalion is completely overrun, few if any men would survive. The Communists, to make a propaganda point, doubtless would shoot all prisoners. Westmoreland sees many trends favorable to the allies but cautions that they are not strong enough in themselves to assure a victory. "It is impossible to say how long the war will last," he said. I can't see any end in sight." Westmoreland believes the latest pacification program , is off to a good start. He feels one sure clue is the acceleration of Communist attacks on pacification teams in areas contested by the Viet Cong. "The enemy fears that ttie government is effectively working now right at the core of the problem in Vietnam," he said; See VIET NAM on Page 7 " Speck Defense Brief PEORIA, 111. (AP) — The defense has ended its surprisingly jrief testimony in the Richard Speck murder trial, and the case of the murdered eight nurses will go to a jury Saturday. Public defender Gerald Getty called only 11 witnesses to rebut ihe state's contention that Speck, 25, strangled and stabbed the young women last July 14 in a townhouse on the South Side of Chicago The defense's final witnesses Thursday were a man and his wife whose tetimony provided an alibi for Speck' whereabouts at the time of the murders. Murell Farmer, a bartender in a waterfront restaurant, told the court he saw the defendant twice July 13. The first time, Farmer said, was at 8 p.m. "The next time I saw him, it was pretty close to midnight," Farmer said. His wife Gardena said she saw Speck sometime after 11:30 p.m. "I served him a hamburger and a glass of ice water." Mrs. Farmer said she did not see Speck leave but she estimated the time of his departure at 12:30 a.m. July 14. Getty, Cook County public defender, asked Farmer if he was certain he had seen Speck on the dates and times specified. "I'd stake my life on it," Farmer answered. This conflicted with the prosecution's timetable of Speck's activities the night of July 13. Corazon Amurao, 24, who survived the massacre by hiding under a bed, has testified that ;he intruder entered the townhouse at 11 p.m. July 13. Miss Amurao said she could remember the time exactly because there was a luminous dial clock on her dresser. The first eight defense witnesses were members of Speck's family who appeared briefly Wednesday. Judge Herbert C. Paschen said he would discuss today with both counsels their pro- posed instruction to the jury. Pachen said he would instruct the seven men and five women jurors immediately after closing arguments Saturday. The jury then will begin to deliberate the evidence. The state has asked the death penalty for Speck. Illinois law provides that the death sentence can only be imposed by a jury but a judge may override the sentence and reduce the penalty to a prison term. Hayti Housing Bid $1,017,400 HAYTI — Low bidder on the city's 104 low-rent housing units is Parthenon Construction Company of Sikeston. Their bid — opened yesterday at Hayti - is $1,017,400. Five construction companies City Public Housing Authority officials met yesterday afternoon with Butler and Associates, a Springfield consulting firm, and gave approval to the Sikeston firm. The board's recommendations now must be sent to Urban Renewal's regional office in Fort Worth. A PHA spokesman said this morning that Fort Worth action should be forthcoming within a week. When government approval is given and the contract finally awarded, the contractor will have 360 working days in which to complete ftie units. $1,099,500; I They will be built on three 4) And Hoel-Steffen Construe- sites, two in the northwest sec- submitted bids. In addition to Parthenon, fee companies and their bids are: 1) Ralph E. Boyer Construction Company of Sikeston, $1,042,600; 2) Buckley Construction Company of Fenton, Mo., $1,068,500; 3) Horltsman and Silver-man Construction Company of Detroit tion Company of St. Louis, $1,351,314. tion of Hayti, and the third in the northeast. 4,000 Troops Flown to DMZ Hot Spot SAIGON (AP) - The U.S. Command, in a major move to bolster the five northernmost provinces threatened by Communist infiltration and 35,000 North Vietnamese regulars, moved 4,000 battle-tested U.S. Army infantrymen into the area today. The Army's 196th Light Infantry Brigade was flown in to reinforce U.S. Marines, South Vietnamese units and a brigade of Korean marines. The transfer coincided with heavy fighting through paddy- fields md coconut groves of the Mekong Delta between a crack force of 2,000 South Vietnamese, supported by U.S. and South Vietnamese planes, and elements of three hard-core Viet Cong battalions. The troops reported 230 of the enemy had been killed and their own losses were light. The presence of the 196th Light Infantry will allow the movement of 4,000 U.S. Marines to the sensitive sector just below the demilitarized zone between North and South Vietnam. About 400 flights of U.S. Air Force C130 transports were used to airlift the troops from war Zone C near the Cambodian border to the area around Chu Lai, 340 miles northeast of Saigon. It is the first major Army unit to be deployed in the 1st Corps area to stay. Military sources say the Communists have 35,000 troops in and around the demilitarized zone that straddles the 17th Parallel border and strong guerrilla forces scattered throughout the corps area. No announcement was made of the new deployment «( the U.S. Marines, whose force of 75,000 has been thinly stretched through the five provinces, along with the Korean brigade and two south Vietnamese divisions. Vietnamese military headquarters said heavy fighting was continuing in Phong Dinh Province, 90 miles below Saigon, after more than 24 hours of battle. One American helicopter was brought down and destroyed by Communist fire in the opening phases of the fight. Three U.S. crewmen were wounded. Government casualties in the fighting were termed light. U.S. Air Force Maj. Edward Seaman of Oxnard, Calif., who flew one of 88 support strikes Thursday, reported the guerrillas' battleline was covered with black smoke and dotted with the orange bursts of bombs. American jets and South Vietnamese propeller-driven Sky- raiders continued to pound the Red forces today. Vietnamese headquarters said that elements of three hard-core guerrilla battalions - the 301st, 309th and 310th - had been identified in the fighting. This could amount to 1,500 men. While the Vietnamese claimed that the Red units were encircled, other information available in Saigon indicated the fighting covered miles of ragged paddyfields and coconut trees broken by dikes, canals and wooded patches almost impossible to encircle with the force available. The South Vietnamese were pulling troops into the battle from several nearby operations j where sharp skirmishes with guerrilla band* wert also re- ported. There were few detail of these other engagements. The delta fighting was by far See TROOPS on Page 7 •iiiiniiiiiiiiiiinniiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiniiiiiiiHiiiwiiiiniip Weather Forecast Partly cloudy windy and warm this afternoon. Fair and cool tonight Saturday mostly sunny with little change in temperatures. High this afternoon and Saturday in the 70s. Lowi.to- night in the 50s. Outlook tor Sunday partly cloudy and mild.

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