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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. «S-NO. 88 BLTTBEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) MONDAY, MAT 1, 1967 14 PAGES TIN CENTS Dateline May 1 MOSCOW (AP) - Marsha Andrei A. Gromyko, the new So Viet defense minister, openec May Day ceremonies in Re< Square today with standard Soviet attacks on the Unitec States, West Germany and Rec China. No new weapons were among the 330 that rumbled through the square in the annual parade Observers believe the armei forces are saving up surprise weapons for a splash display on Nov.' 7, the 50th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution. PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — "American doesn't have to apologize for her part in the war —she can be proud of it," said former President Dwight D Eisenhower. "I hope America will wake up to the fact that our soldiers are dying for something we believe in," he said. Then he and his wife Mamie prepared to leave San Bernadi no, Calif., by train late today for their home in Gettybsburg, Pa. WASHINGTON (AP) — The space agency is meeting with present and prospective contractors to set a new schedule for putting a man on the moon. The action, announced Saturday, follows criticism of the main Apollo spaceship contractor, North American Aviation Inc., during investigations into the flash fire that killed three astronauts Jan. 27. WASHINGTON (AP) - Manufacturers waiting for months for the signal from Washington to begin work on the construction of two prototypes of a supersonic jet airliner have been turned loose and told to get moving on the project. The go-ahead came Saturday from President Johnson. It was followed immediately by statements from the two principal contractors, the Boeing Co. and General Electric, that they were prepared to proceed swiftly. They hope to fly the first SST in 1970. PASADENA, Calif. (AP) "We moved it very gently, Just enough to find out if it was a rock lying on the surface, or a piece of boulder protruding," said a Jet Propulsion Laboratory spokesman. The flexible arm of Surveyor 3 was nudging a rock on the moon Sunday to help scientists learn how the lunar surface will respond to astronauts landing on it. The one-inch rock was solid, scientists concluded, because the robot spacecraft's claw did not break it. NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) —A fishing boat presumed sunk with the loss of its six crewmen was under tow today as its skip• per awaited a reunion with his father, skipper of another boat that had been feared lost in an Atlantic storm. "It's wonderful news. It's a miracle, I think," said John A. Edwards, 60, of New Bedford on learning that his son George, 34, of Mattapoisett was safe. "I was sure they were done for" he said. LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP)The newly crowned Miss Inter national Beauty, the shy daughter of a chauffeur, says ;a- rading in a bath suit embarrasses her. Before Saturday night's m- tionally televised pageant, Mirta Teresita Mass said, "I wish I were back in my little house in Buenos Aires." But the dark-haired, brown- eyed Miss Massa, 19, who had entered as Miss Argentina, was chosen by the judges as the most beautiful girl in the world. "Week-Old Conflict Kills 86 Marines Reds Still Hold Bloody Hill 881 By GEORGE ESPER SAIGON (AP) — U.S. pilots shot down three more communist MIG's over North Vietnam today while just south of the demilitarized zone U. S. Marines suffered an inflicted heavy casualties battling NortSi Vietnamese soldiers for a strategic hill. A Marine spokesman said 49 Marines were killed and 156 wounded as they fought foot by foot Sunday up the slopes of twin-peaked Hill 881. The Marines have had 86 men killed and 240 wounded in the past week in the area. The spokesman said the Marines killed 180 Communists. Elements of two Marine battalions clung to their positions overnight and moved forward today in a new attempt to take the summit-for use as an outpost for checking North Vietnamese movements: There are reported to be 35,000 North Vietnamese regulars in and around the demilitarized zone possibly poised for a major assault. As the Marines halted their advance late Sunday, tactical bombers • and-B52s dumped tons of explosives on the North Vietnamese positions. The air war flared to a new intensity with 133 missions over North Vietnam and a record 577 strikes over the South. Two U.S. Army helicopters collided over the Bien Hoa Airbase, 15 miles northwest of Saigon, late today and all eight crewmen in the two craft were killed, a U.S. military spokesman said. The MIG kills brought to 48 the total number reported shot down in the war, including four in the last two days. The U.S. command has announced the loss of 13 U.S. planes to MIGs. There was no announcement whether any U.S. planes were lost in the latest dogfights, but in a delayed report the U.S. command said an Air Force F4- C Phantom .was downed by ground fire April 29. The two crewmen were listed as missing. It was the 522nd American plane reported lost over the Norm. Despite four attacks on MIG bases in the past week—the first time they were attacked in the war—more and more of the Communist interceptors are being sent up to oppose the American raiders. Air Force pilots pounded Communist rail lines and yards in Hie Hanoi area during 65 missions over .the North Sunday. The Air Force missions were the largest since last Oct. 12, when 66 were flown. Navy pilots, hitting, at storage areas northeast of the port city of Hai- phong and communication lines in the southern panhandle, logged 58 missions. Marine pilots added another 10. In a major raid Sunday on the Ha Gia railroad yards and sidings north of Hanoi, Air Force pilots reported hundreds of feet of track ripped up by 750-pound bombs as they flew through heavy antiaircraft fire and MIG interceptors. Navy pilots reported destroying or damaging 32 Communist barges moving along the coast of North Vietnam with supplies for Communist troops fighting in the South. The 577 air strikes in South Vietnam—214 in support of ground operations—topped the previous high of 575 over the south March 12. In the ground action, some 1,500 U.S. Marines battled North Vietnamese regulars Sunday and today six miles northwest of Khe Sanh along the Laotian border just south of the demilitarized zone. The action was only two miles •west of Hill 861, where the Marines had 37 men killed and 84 wounded in three days of fighting VaA week before air and artillery strikes drove the Communists off. The Marines clung to their positions overnight and moved forward today in a new effort to seize the summit of Hill 881.. South. ' The second peak, Hill 881 NorKi, is about 1,000 yards away across a saddle. After the . Marines stopped their advance late Sunday, night radar bombers dropped tons of explosives on the North Vietnamese strongholds. Elements of two battalions of Marines were battling for the high ground in the area about five miles .west of Khe Sanh, in the northwestern corner of South Vietnam. |l'.. . PORTENT? — State crews are working on repairing three bridges on Highway between, Koutes 18 and 148. County Judge A.A. (Shug) Banks said the work is preparatory.to a $300,000 State Highway Department paving project planned for that section of 151, "if and when the contract is let." (Courier News Photo) Minnesota Twisters Kill 16; Arkansas Hit Tornadoes and high winds whipped across parts of Minnesota Sunday night leaving 16 persons dead, more than 100 injured and property damage estimated in the millions. The twisters fanned outward from an intense storm that hit the Dakotas with up to 2 feet of snow, hurricane-force winds and temperatures in the teens. Visibility was cut to zero in parts of Souls Dakota for more than 10 hours. Twisters also struck Oklahoma, Texas, South Dakota and Iowa. Funnel clouds that did not touch down were sighted in Mis- souri and Arkansas. Thunderstorms with hail and heavy rains extended from the Gulf to the Great Lakes. Waseca, a town o 6,100 about to miles southwest of Minnesap- olis, was hardest hit by the tornadoes that struck at the dinner hour. Five bodies were recovered and a search for victims continued through the night. Two persons died at Albert Lea, near the Iowa border, another two at Owatonna, about 5 miles south o Minneapolis, and one each at the small hamlets of Alen, Freeborn and Clarks Grove. The death-dealing twisters, possibly as many as six, roared through the area in the midst of heavy rains. Huge waves on Lake Superior in Duluth, Minn, swept three teen-age brothers off a pier to their deaths and a Coast Guard- man died in a vain rescue attempt. Another seaman was injured searching or the youths and was hospitalized. Up to a foot of snow fell over wide areas of the western Dakotas and winds to 60 miles an hour were reported by the Weather Bureau. There were no reports of deaths or serious injury, but a state official said, "That doesn't mean nobody's missing. The communications are out so many places we really don't know what's going on." Tornadoes touched down Sunday at Woodson, 12 miles south Of Little Rock, and at a point six miles north of Mulberry in northwestern Arkansas. Some damage was reported, but there were no injuries. Tornadoes also were sighted in the air at Collegeville and Sweethome near Little Rock, and at a point 8-10 miles south- west of the city. Much of the state was drenched by severe thunderstorms, and the U.S. Weather Bureau at Little Rock issued flood warnings for the Little Missouri River, the Caddo River from Glenwood downstream to DeGray Dam, the Ouachita River from Hot Springs to below Malvern and the Saline River in Saline County. Lightning caused a fire at the home of Frank Kent of Little Rock, but it was quickly extinguished by firemen. At Hot Springs, tower personnel at the airport were for.ed to abandon the tower as winds with guests up to 55 miles per hour struck the area. Half-inch hail was reported at Greers Ferry Lake. Heavy rain and high winds were reported in Southwest Arkansas, where Athens reported 3.25 inches of rain. Langley, 2.5 inches and Glenwood 3.33 inches. The Crawford County sheriff's office reported that the tornado near Mulberry uprooted trees, bowled over barns and lifted tha roofs off houses. He said telephone lines were down in the area. WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is expected to pass with time to spare legislation aimed at preventing a nationwide railroad strike Wednesday. Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield asked Senate passage today of President Johnson'* request for another 47-day "cooling off" period in the dispute between the major railroads and six shopcraft unions. OEO Seeking NSC Offkial Mississippi County's Office of Economic Opportunity is sereh ing for a new assistant director of Neighborhood Service Cen ters. The position was held by Russ Mosley, who has entered private business. The position pays $6,600 year. Applicants should have a year or two of college and at leasl two years of what OEO terms 'successful employment." Applicnts must be residents of Mississippi County. Deadline for applying is midnight, May 10. Letters should be sent to Director, Office of Economic Opportunity, 215 Chickasawba, Blytheville. CITY COUNCIL MEET IS OFF The city council meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight has been cancelled,. according to the office of the mayor. The meeting primarily was intended to study the new rate proposal submitted by the Blytheville. Water Company. However, the Arkansas Public Service Commission has suspended the rate plan for M days In order to investigate it more horoughly. Romney 'Courts' 1968 Nomination LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov. George Romney of Michigan, who says he is conducting a "hot courtship" with the idea oi going after the 1968 GOP presidential nomination, said Saturday night that people who want to protest "what's going on in Washington" should do it in the Republican Party. Romney was in Little Rock New Postal Rates Are Set Beginning today, increases averaging 13 percent in international surface and a i r m a i 1 rates will go into effect, accord ing to Hugh Hudson, postmaster. The new rates will not apply to mailings to the armed forces overseas, he added. Domestic rates are applicable to mall addressed through APOs and PPOs. The increases were adopted by the Post Office Department as a measure to offset a deficit of about $1« million in OVMMM mall operations, fw said. Additional information on the ncreaies may b* obtained fro: t the local post rifle*, Hudson said. to speak at an appreciation dinner for Arkansas Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller and to meet with the 'Arkansas Republican State Committee. Although polls indicate Romney would be hurt more than President Johnson by the candidacy of George Wallace for president, Romney said he felt Wallace's candidacy would hurt the Democrats more than the Republicans. The Michigan governor said he felt the electorate would realize a third party movement would not have any lasting value. Romney said this was his first trip south of Virginia and that he was pleased with the "friendly reception." Rockefeller agreed with Romney that Wallace would have little impact on the Arkansas vote. Rockefeller declined to Romney for the presidential nomination as his brother, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York, has done. "I think we In Arkansas and throughout the South are m- iltled to more exposure" from (fw petard presidential can- didatM," Rockefeller Hid. Rcontj dacHmd to discuw <ht betted aaptctf of the war la Vietnam, but Mid met again George Romney that he was "opposed to mas- sive-ecalation" of the war. He said the enemy's strength was in guerilla warfare and because of this the outcome of the conflict could not be determined by the strength and magnitutude of U.S. miltiary efforts. Romney told the Arkansas Republican State Committee that the GOP was trying to make it clear that the Republican Party cares about people. He said the Democrats have become involved with special interests whereas the'Republicans have, no dominant special interest groups. Romney said a third party serves only as a "protest of the moment" and that the South will be better off building a strong two-party system. A crowd «f about 2,500 was on hand for the $25-a-p!ate dinner, i Glue-Sniffing Boy Kills 2 Girls DETROIT (AP) — A 14-year- old boy was held without bond in the Wayne County Youth Home today, charged with the rape-murder of two young sisters as they walked home from school. The girls — Deborah Loui-3 Crowther, 8, and her sister Kimberly, 6 — were assaulted and strangled Friday as they walked across a field from school toward their home in the Detroit suburb of Westland. Authorities said the 14-year- old, whose name was withheld, had sniffed glue only a couple of hours before the double slaying. Prosecutor William Calahan said that because of his age the boy could not be tried as an adult for any crime. Under Michigan law, a juvenile must be 15 or older before authorities can petition courts to allow an adult trial. Two tubes of airplane glue and about three dozen empty tubes were found in the brush near the scene of the slayings. Glue sniffing reportedly has become a fad among some teenage youngsters in recent years. Dr. Edward Domino of the University of Michigan Medical School, said that under the influence of glue "a person's inhibitions are released, and he is apt to do things he normally would not do if he were in control of himself." Westland Polic- Chief Garrison Clayton said discovery of the glue kits gave police their first major lead in the case. He said two other boys and a girl who were at a glue-sniffing party Friday with the youth had given evidence pointing to the 14-year-old. Police said the 14-year-old had run away from home three weeks ago Osceola Plans Waste Plant Construction ofatreating plant to handle wastes from (Jie Osceola Crompton Company, Inc. at Osceola, as well as the city's sewage, is expected to begin by July of 1968, according to S. L. Davis, director of the State Pollution Control Commission. Chemicals going from the factory into the Mississippi River, equal in volume the sewage waste from the city, he said. The plant refuse is known to kill fish, he added, and tests are now under way to determine its effect on vegetation. Rush Austin Dies Here Rush Knox Austin, 55, died yesterday at Chickasawba Hospital. A veteran of World War n, he was a farmer in the Gosnell area for the past 20 years. He was a native of Houston, Miss., and moved to Blytheville in 1919. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Martha Austin; a daughter, Janet; His mother, Mrs. S. E. Austin; Four brothers, Otis Austin, State Revenue Inspector; and Hiram and Jim Austin, all of here; and Frank Austin, Forrest City; And three sisters, Mrs. Jewell Alford, Mrs. Bryant Bogard, both of Memphis, and Mrs.' 0. T. Stephenson, Trenton, Tenn. Services will be conducted in Cobb Funeral Home chapel Tuesday at 2 p.m. by Rev. S. M. Mayo. Pallbearers will be Leon Brothers, Calvin McNair, Erby Hodge, L. F. Hodge, Charles Lipford and Jolly Leggett. ' , iiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiKiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuinniiiiui Weather Forecast ^ Cloudy today with possibility of showers tonight. Lows tonfgjit in the upper 50s and low Ms. Mild tomorrow with highs in the 70s. XI luiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiinwiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiini

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