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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63-NO. 38 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) THURSDAY. APRIL 27, 1967 14 PAGES TINCINTS Dateline April 27 LONDON (AP) - The United States is urgently investigating how American aircraft came to attack a British ship in Hai- phong Tuesday, a foreign offic spokesman said today. He added that :he probe b; the State Department is taking place at Britain's request. The 2,739-ton cargo vesse Dartford was riddled with bul lets fired by a U.S. Air Force jet, according to press reports quoting a North Vietnamese news agency. • SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Former Albama Gov. George Wallace, greeted by boos and chants of ''jlack power" here Wednesday night, said today he still considered that he had been "received very well by the over whelming majority." Cheers punctuated the boos as Wallace addressed the nigh: audience of more than 5,000 a Syracuse University and said among other things, that this country would stand behind our servicemen in Vietnam if he were President. WASHINGTON (AP) - Gen. William C. Westmoreland's mission home — defended by Vice President Hubert H. Humphery — came under Republican attack today as a move to silence Vietnam war critics. Humphery told a news conference Wednesday night that no one wants to muzzle "responsible" criticism of Johnson ad- misistration policies. He said "excellent assessment" of the Westmoreland had given an "excellent assessment" of the Vietnam situation in a speech at an Associated Press meeting in New York Monday. CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) — Making certain a five-satellite payload is not contiminated by fuel fumes, the Air Force today prepared a Titan 3 rocket for launch. The booster — which has missed three planned launching dates because of problems — is tentatively scheduled to blast off at 5:01 a.m. EST Friday to orbit two nuclear-detection sentries and three military engineering and scientific satellites. • WASHINGTON (AP) — Testimony at a Senate hearings indicates Vietnamese importer got 1$40,000 from the U.S. government for worthless goods. The $140,000 was the importer's share of $250,000 in Agency for International Development money to finance the importing of an epsom salts solution billed by its manufacturer as a battery preservative. 'Seems to me a 56 per cent commission ' is pretty high" said Chairman John L. McClellan D-Ark. of the Senate permanent subcommittee on investigations at Wednesday's hearing into the matter. • NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Without putting the defendant on the stand, the defense today rested its case in the first degree murder trial of Dr. Carl Coppolino. Coppolino who testified in his own behali last December when he was acquitted of the murder of a neighbor in New Jersey, was accused here in the death of his wife. "If it pleases the court," said defense attorney F. Lee Bailey, "the defense rests." He closed his case without calling several PSC Suspends Water Rate Hike Blytheville Water Company's increased rates may not go into effect June 1 as had been planned. Tuesday the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) met and suspended the rates for 90 days to, "allow its staff sufficient time ti investigate the reasonableness of the proposed charges," according to Lewis M Robinson, Commission chairman. Edward W. Davis, chief engineer for the Commission said in a report there is only one basic difference between a rate amendment filed by the water company Aug. 30, 1966, and the present amendment. Under the designation "Monthly Rate" he notes, "The rate step which reads 'All over 685, 000 gallons, per thousand ... 13 cents' is deleted and the following is substituted: 'All over 445,000 gallons per thousand gallons 16 cents. Under the Aug. 30 amendment — which the City Council protested at the urging of local industries — the minimum rate an industrial user could pay was 20 cents per 1,000 gallons. The new rate would aljow them a minimum charge of 16 cents per 1,000 gallons. City Council will meet Monday to consider the water company's present rate increase proposal. Unofficial sources seem to iiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiNiiiiiniiiiiiiiii Man Alive After Fall TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A 35- year-old carpenter fell 21 stories down a trash chute Wednesday and doctors said he has a good chance for recovery. Bobby Gene Williams suffer id multiple bone fractures, deep lacerations and adrasions when he plummeted from the 29th floor of the University Club Tower. He landed in a pile of trash on the eight floor. Williams underwent surgery for repair of a compound leg fracture and doctors at St John's Hospital said he hat )een removed from the critica ist. Williams was consc>ous when he arrived at the hospital. Fellow employes said Willams was working near the nouth of the trash chute when he lost his balance. niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiii feel the-Council will not register a protest with the state PSC even though all water users wer not dissatisfied with crease because prices of material and the cost of labor have increased since present water rates went into force. Blytheville industrial water users were not eissatisfied with the 13-cents-per-l,000 gallons rate now in effect. The water minimum to 20 cents. However an industrial spokesman said the industries might be willing to settle for the 16-cent compromise. Under the new rate, residential users will pay a $2 monthly minimum instead of $1.50. LIGHTING THE WAY-The traffic lights, which formerly controlled the North Highway 61-Hardin intersection, have been in- stalled at 61 and Moultrie Drive. The change was made at the suggestion of the Arkansas Highway Department. (Courier News Photo) MIGs Gone During Raid By FRED S. HOFFMAN WASHINGTON (AP) - One of the two North Vietnamese MIG bases struck by U.S. war planes was empty of Communist jets, Pentagon sources said today. Only four MIGs were on the other base bombed by American jets Monday, the sources said. Asked about this, a Defense Department spokesman said "we won't know for sure" how many Communist jet fighters were on the Kep and the Hoa Lac bases near Hanoi when they were bombed. The pilots "said they were too 3-Day Assault on Hill Fails; 37 Dead VC REPEL LEATHERNECKS witnesses flown York. in from New ROME (AP) — A Rome court of appeals ruled today that Sophia Loren and Carlo Panto were never legally married in Mexico. The decision meant that longstanding bigamy charges against the famous movie couple would be thrwn out of court. Today's ruleing reversed an earlier decision by a lower court that the Mexican marriage by proxy was valid. On the basis of the first decision the prosecution had pressed charges. WiygulNames Commission OSCEOLA - In an effort to o-ordinate the work of private md public bodies toward the conomic betterment of Osceo- a, Mayor Charlie Wiygul has lamed the following to serve n the Mayor's Industrial De- elopment Commission: J. C. Buchanan, co-chairman with Wiygul); Dick Foster anker; Ed Chisenhall, council member; Dr. Eldon Foster, chairman of the Osceola Planning Commission; Kenneth Sulcer, former state representative; and Dale Barber, businessman. Flags Signify Support of GIs CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (AP) - All Cape May County government buildings will fly the American flag 24 hours a day for the duration of the Vietnamese war. The County Board of Freeholders issued the order Wednesday as a symbol of support for American servicemen. "We want our fighting men to know we don't agree with draft card burners and draft dodgers," Freeholder Francis Townsend said. Spotlights will Illuminate the flag) at night. SAIGON (AP) - U.S. planes and artillery pounded a stubborn North Vietnamese force holding a hill in the nwthwest corner of South Vietnam today after 37 Marines were killed and 84 wounded in an unsuccessful, three-day attempt to take the hill. In the air war against North Vietnam, the U.S. command announced four American planes were shot down in Wednesday's raids against the Hanoi and Haiphong areas. This raised announced losses this week to 10 U.S. planes in three days of intensified raids on the North Vietnamese heartland. The total losses announced for the air war against North Vietnam are now 520. The U.S. command said one pilot shot down Wednesday was rescued by helicopter while four others were missing. Hanoi Radio had claimed 11 American planes were downed Wednesday. Although spokesmen in Saigon said the Marines had "closed out" their attempt to take Hill 861 three miles northwest of Khe Sanh, Associated Press photographer Richard Merron reported from Khe Sanh that bombs and artillery were raining on the Communists while Marine officers made plans for another assault. Merron also reported 37 Marines killed and 84 wounded, while headquarters in Saigon said 22 Leathernecks were killed and 43 wounded. A spokesman in Saigon said the Marines went looking for an estimated North Vietnamese company in Quang Tri Province, bordering the frontier with Laos, and "they found them" Tuesday. The North Vietnamese were well entrenched in bunkers and caves and threw back repeated Marine attempts to throw them off the hill. There was no estimate of enemy casualties. In other ground action, a company from the U.S. 4th Infantry Division ran into an enemy platoon late Wednesday and reported killing 15 in two hours of fighting in the central highlands area of Pleiku Province. Operation Manhattan, a massive search-and-destroy sweep northwest of Saigon, continued with, only light, scattered action. But U.S. and Vietnamese troops were reported finding enemy rice caches and some stores of weapons and equipment. Eleven enemy were reported killed in the operation Wednes- day. On U.S. infantryman was killed and 17 wounded, they added. In Binh Duong Province north of Saigon, troops of the U.S. 1 Armored Cavalry clashed with an enemy force of unknown size this morning. Artillery and air strikes were called in to back up the Americans, but spokesmen said they had no other details except that the action was continuing. Briefing officers in Saigon late today said they had no information on air attacks during the day against North Vietnam, but it was not believed this indicated any slackening of the intensified pace that was kept up through Wednesday. The air reports usually are delayed until the next day unless there is something of major importance to announce. Manila Robber Was Sincere By Jack Tiplon MANILA—"Are you serious?" "You're damned right I am." This was a slice of the dialogue which took place last night between a robber and a Manila whiskey store operator. The robber bought a six-pack of beer around 10 p.m. and as Cohen R. Brooks, owner of the Little Whiskey Store, opened the cash register to put the $1.30 in it, the man said: "That's all right. Just keep your hands above the counter and give me what's in the cash register." At that juncture, Brooks asked if the man was serious. He was. Brooks told officers that the man had his hand in a jacket pocket. "He had something in there. I don't know if it was a gun or not ... it may have been a pencil. But I didn't take any chances." He handed over $150 in bills from the register. The man backed out of the store and hopped into a car Brooks then took a pistol from his safe and fired into the air five times. Night Marshal Raymond Stroud saw the robber's car come by and gave chase, although he admitted at the time he had no idea what the man had done, if anything. "It just looked suspicious," he said later. Stroud didn't follow past the Manila city limits at the municipal swimming pool, stating that he was under orders not to leave the city limits. Sheriff's Deputy Lee Baker and State Highway Patrolmen were investigating last night and this morning. Brooks said the robber, in his haste, overlooked several hundred additional dollars. County Seeks Director For Headstart Program A director for the county's leadstart program is being by the office of the Opportunity Commis- sought County sion. The job calls for a person who s certified as an elementary teacher and who also has some administrative experience. The county's Headstart program now has about 780 children enrolled. More than 100 additional children are expected to be added between now and the mid-June starting date. The program, for children who will be entering the first grade this fall, will last for eight weeks. The director will be expected to work for about nine weeks A spokesman {or the OEO taid that applicants with exper- ience in working with disadvantaged children will be given careful study. Applications should be postmarked by May 5 and should be sent to: Director, Economic Opportunity Commission, 215 Chickasawba, Blytheville, Ark. Marines Hurting Copter Shortage Brown COMEDY OPENS AT 8 TONIGHT "Dear Me the Sky Is Falling," a three-act comedy, will day at 8 p.m. at Central School by Blytheville's Very Little Theatre. Tickets are |1 for adults, SO cents for students. Children under school age are given free admission. See Page Three for Courier Drama Critic 6. J. Draft's review of the play. E.E. Brown Picked In Ark-Mo Vote Tuesday E. E. (Gene) Brown was elected assistant treasurer of Arkansas - Missouri Power Company. He succeeds retiring E. R. Mason. Brown joined Ark-Mo's Caruthersville, Mo., office in 1956 as i bookkeeper and in 1957 was tansferred to the Blytheville of:ice. He is a business administra- ion graduate of the University of Missouri and is a certified public accountant. Officers re-elected to the ioard of directors were: Charles Czeschin, president; Chas. R. Newcomb, vice-president and secretary; F. E. Atkinson, treasurer and assistant secretary, and Ernest McKenzie, assistant treasurer. At the annual stockholders meeting the following directors were re-elected: Czeschin; Kendall Berry, Blytheville: Edmund S. Cummings Jr., Winnetka, III.; August L. Griesedleck, St. Louis; George K. Reeves, Caruthers- vllle; Henry F. Trotter, Pine Bluff; and Gus B. Walton Jr., Little Rock. DA NANG, South Vietnam (AP) - The U.S. Marines in Vietnam are hurting for helicopters. The Army has plenty. | The shortage can be seen in many ways: The body of a dead Marine rode on a tank near the demilitarized zone for two days before it was removed. The assembly of a two-company relief force during an intense fight at Binh Son was delayed for at least three hours. Amunition for a battalion probe north of Route 9 arrived late, pushing back the jump-off time, two hours. Where a U.S. Army battalion, leaves the field by helicopter, Marine forces often have to march. occasions marine found themselves On some units have short of water and rations in the field. It cannot be said that a Leatherneck has starved to death, died of thirst or exhaustion, or that Marine wounded have been ignored, but the helicopter shortage has made the Marine's job a little bit tougher. The U.S. Army in Vietnam aas about 2,000 helicopters, including the 1st Cavalry, Airmobile, Division's 432. Support groups parcel out ! 'Hueys" or "Slicks," and CH47 2hinooks for supply and frequent 60 - and 70 - chopper assaults in such operations as Junction City and Cedar Falls. An Army battalion commander routinely has a Huey at his disposal to coordinate his com- lanies from the air and get a letter view. A Marine colonel considers this a luxury. While the Army supports ailed troops as well, there never appears to be any lack of choppers tor its own 60 battalions. It is not exceptional to see an each night with heavy weapons, sand bags, hot food and sometimes a shower. Such service is virtually unknown to a Marine. C r >|i r vide s School Plan Gets O.K. CARUTHERSVILLE - The last obstruction to Caruthersville Schools being eligible for federal funds was removed recently when the U. S. Office of Education approved desegregation plans submitted by the school board. Essentially, the plan calls busy with their missions t* count," the spokesman said.-- •• Because of poor weather, Ha said, there has been no satisfactory bomb damage assessment by reconnaissance plane. The spokesman acknowledged that the Kep field — which sources said was bare of planes — has been undergoing extension of its runways. But he' insisted that despite the construction work, the base 37 miles northeast of Hanoi is operational. . , " Another department spokesman disputed the report that only four MIGs were caught on the ground at Hoa Lac, 19 miles west of Hanoi. He said he-had information indicating there might have been a dozen planes there. In announcing .the raids early this week, an official spokesman in Saigon said that Kep wag known to have been the base for 19 or 20 MIGs while Hoa Lao was believed to have been the home of up to nine planes. This Hoa Lac estimate has been raised to about 15. Air Force officers in Vietnam long have argued for striking the MIG bases in the North, contending the best way to d&'troy the enemy air force is vhile it is ground-bound, rather than taking on the MIGs in the air. - - - In the wake of the Hoa Lac and Kep raids, some critics complained the American raid- •rs should have been allowed to !akc out all MIG bases — particularly the most important one at Phuc Yen, some 15 miles north of Hanoi. Phuc Yen is the base of North Vietnam's best interceptors, the \llG21s. Recent reconnaissance photography showed roughly 40 VIIGs sitting on the ground ,here. This represented possibly a third of North Vietnam's air force, estimated at between 120 and 150 MIG jets. The critics said the effect of only bombing Hoa Lac and Kep was to alert the enemy to concentrate antiaircraft guns around the other bases. This, they said, could mean heavier U.S. losses if the remaining fields are attacked. Other jet-capable bases are at Gia Lan on the outskirts of Hanoi, Cat Bi near Haiphong and at Bai Thuong below Haiphong. Bai Thuong was bombed some tie ago while it was being built. The Navy raiders who hit Kep were challenged by about half a dozen MIG17s, older and slower models than the MIG21. Two were downed by the U.S. at- ackers. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara said Wednesday a jombing the MIG fields was changed because "the MIGs lave been much more active, they engaged our aircraft in air combat on several occasions and it seemed wise, therefore, o begin to attack their bases." When asked what enemy ac- ivity McNamara was referring o, the Defense Department said he number of "encounters" ose from two involving JO MIGs in February, to six involv- for integration of the faculty : in g 20 MIGs in March, to nine for next term and by 1970, total j involving 39 MIGs in the first. 23 ettiAnrtl :„*««««*:„_ _ -11 t_ L. _•_. /Joifc i-if Anril student integration will be in effect in all grades, with the establishment of geographic attendance zones. With federal approval, the State Department of Education may now act on Caruthersville's request for more than $208,000 in government funds. The final draft of the plan was completed by the school ward last Thursday night, fol- owing recommendations of officials of U.S.O.E. AECC Gets Contract LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Electric Co-operative Corp. awarded a $3,271,910 contract Wednesday to ( ~mzl Electric Co. to buiid a 125,000- kilowatt turbine Camden. generator at The generator will be at the John L. McCIellan Electric Generation Station that will be Army unit provided In the field built at Camden. days of April. An encounter was defined by a spokesman as "when somebody makes a pass." Pentagon statistics show the United States lost three •.Air Force planes to ground fire-jn the three weeks before • the strikes on Hoa Lac and Kep. Three U.S. planes were shot down in the one day of strikes against the MIG bases. --'V, iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiNiiiiiiiiiiiiaii Weather Forecast Frost warning tonight. Mostly sunny and cool this afterhobn, Fair and cooler tonight with, scattered frost. Friday increasing cloudiness and mild. Hlghi this afternoon 54 to 62. tows tonight in the 30s. OutlooMor Saturday considerable cloudiness and mild with a chance of showers beginning Friday night

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