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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 68—NO. 42 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) FRIDAY, MAY 5, 1967 14 PAGES TIN CENTS Dateline May 5 PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Lunar Orbiter 4 sped accurately today toward the task of outdoing its predecessors by photographing 96 per cent of the moon's surface. Scientists controlling the minimum IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIBIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHIBIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII iiiiiiHiiiiiii"B«i«i»««i«™'' Boy Survives 8-Story Fall were broken in two places and spacecraft after its launch from Cape Kennedy, Fla., reported it was navigating properly with a mechanical eye cocked at the star Canopus for refedernce., After a 234,519-mile, 89-hour voyage, Orbiter is to begin mapping the moon on May 11. Unlike Orbiters 1, 2 and 3, which skimmed within a few miles of the moon for closeups, Orbiter 4 was to rocket into an oval path ranging from 1,650 to 3,800 miles above the surface. ROCK ISLAND, HI. (AP) State police reported today that a wall caved in at an atomic power plant under construction near Cordova, HI., injuring an undetermined, number of men. "They found eight men," a police spokesman said. "We don't know the seriousness of their condition. We don't know If any are dead." The first report was that an estimated 20 men had lost their lives in the accident. WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. J. W. Fulbright, D-Ark., accuses a newspaper published by at ex-aide to President Johnson ol trying to discredit him, saying it quoted out of context an offr , the-record interview. Editor William S. McHwain of the newspaper — Newsday, a Garden City, N.Y., daily published by former presidential press secretary Bill D. Moyers —said the interview was on the record and its story "accurate and entirely in context." At issue was a Thursday dispatch from Washington by Newsday political writer Frank Lynn quoting Fulbright as saying some government officials view Vietnam as "a nice little war, not too much killing, but still a big help to the economy." CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The dim outlines of a projected united church of 25.5 million American Protestants were in sight today. But the job of molding the vision into tangible form still law ahead. Guiding criteria for the process were approved by the Consultation on Church Union Thursday at the close of its sixth annual meeting. It also directed a drafting committee to begin work at once on a concrete plan of union —the first step taken beyond the setting of principles and into the actual planning stage. BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Dr. Carl Coppolino checked into the Florida State Prison Thursday night on a life sentence after his lawyers failed to win his freedom with an "illegal verdict" plea. The 34-year-old Sarasota an- estesiologist also was denied a new trial Thursday, and was told he is not a legal pauper and will have to shoulder the costs of an appeal himself. MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Colored oleo, an outlaw in the nation's dairyland since the days of the hand churn, has been welcomed into Wisconsin by a 19-10 vote of the state Senate. Passage of the bill Thursday to repeal the 1895 ban left only the governor's signature needed as the last step before Wisconsin housewives can begin buying the butter substitute legally next July 1. Wisconsin's ban is the last in the nation. CHICAGO (AP) — A renegotiated contract for 900,000 truck drivers across the nation was approved Thursday night. The pact could end the 11-day strike- lockout of more than 45,000 drivers which has crippled freight transportation in the Chicago area. WASHINGTON (AP) - The end appears in sight in the bit ter six-week Senate struggle over whether to continue in op eration the controversial presi dential election campaign financing plan enacted last year CHICAGO (AP) - A 16- month-old boy, who fell eight stories from a window of a downtown hotel, remained in critical condition today. Officials at Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital said it was a near miracle that Rupert Christopher Burtan survived his tumble Thursday from a window on the 14th floor to a sun-deck on the fifth floor. The hotel has no floor numbered 13. Surgeons determined that the boy had not suffered a skull fracture or internal injuries. His right arm was severed just above the elbow, bones all arteries and muscles in the arm torn loose, officials said. The child spent 3% hours on the operating table as doctors .repaired the muscles and blood vessels. The tot had walked with his father, Dr. Rupert C. Burtan of Pittsford, N.Y., from their room to the elevator. His mother went to answer a telephone and in the interim the child toddled into a closet and toppled out a broken window. The family was in Chicago to attend a meeting of the American Industrial Hygiene Confer- iiiiiniiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiBB MARINES GAIN HILL 881 NORTH: 1,000 CASUALTIES Bv GEORGE ESPER I an estimated 1,000 killed in 12 J , f _t it.- l.__.Jnr.t SAIGON (AP) - The U.S. Marines took Hill 881 North today, the last of three border peaks that have cost the Leathernecks nearly 1,000 dead or wounded and the Communists Association, Mayor Tom Little!van firm $50,000 of the total AP&L to Dim Osceola Lights HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL - This mobile monster is the 'Big Bertha' of today's warfare. The mighty 175mm gun, is shown being fired by this crew of the 9th Infantry Division's 84th Artillery near the North-South Vietnam border. Members of the crew plug their ears against the powerful blast that will send a shell miles inside North Vietnam. City Moving Cautiously Closing Sullivan Deal Attorneys for Bob Sullivan jhad injected a note of uncer- price of $190,000 Chevrolet Co., yesterday ex- tainty into the matter of ac-: "r m not going to issue a days of some of the hardest fighting of the Vietnam war. U.S. officers in Da Nang announced that the summit of the hill was occupied at 2:35 p.m. by a Marine company that met anly "light resistance" in the inal assault. This indicated that he North Vietnamese had lulled out of their entrenched jositions, possibly slipping icross the Laotian border just >elow the demilitarized zone. Elsewhere in South. Vietnam's northern sector, the South Vietnamese reported their second success this week in the Hue area 40 miles south of the demilitarized zone. A spokesman said a battalion of the Vietnamese army's 1st Division drove a company of guerrillas into a vise with another government battalion and a troop of armored personnel carriers Thursday. U.S. Army helicopter gunships joined in the battle, and 89 guerrillas were killed and five captured, the spokesman said. Two days earlier, government troops reported killing 156 guerrillas in an all-night battle northwest of Hue. Poor weather limited U.S. pilots to only 68 missions over North Vietnam Thursday. But U.S. Air Force planes returned to the Hanoi area to bomb the electrical transformer site seven miles north of the city again, and Col. Robin Olds of Washington, D.C., shot down his second MIG. It made him the first double MIG- killer of the war. The kill came in a 20-minute series of at least seven dogfights during the bombing of the transformer site. Olds' victim, a MIG21, was the 49th Communist jet claimed by American pilots April 24 when a 240-man Marine i Ohio, commander of the 3rd _„„«_„ n TvT/M-tli Mot-inD Rociirnont 3tlH th(> 1 4(10 company ran across a North Vietnamese force of about the same size. Both the Marines and the North Vietnamese kept pouring in reinforcements until a major battle developed. It is believed the Marines do not plan to hold the hilltops for any extended length of time. Marine Regiment and the 1,400 Leathernecks in the fighting, said earlier this week the main objective was "to drive the North Vietnamese out and kill as many as possible. It is not to hold ground." Lanigan indicated, however, that the Marines may keep units in the area to check on movements of North Vietnamese troops infiltrating into South Vietnam. "These three hills are key terrain," he said. "They command the high ground." Marine officers said the North iVetnamese had been preparing to overrun the town of Khe Sanh, a Marine outpost about See VIET NAM on Page 3 Schooner Wrecks Off Viet Coast By STEVE STIBBENS DA NANG, Vietnam (AP) — Seven survivors from the wrecked American schooner Dante Deo were brought to Da Nang tonight and the leader of the group said, "The ground sure feels solid." The schooner was reported to have been on a scientific expedition when she went aground on a reef in the Paracel Islands ahmit. 240 miles east of this citv distress signals were received, and made the rescue. Picked up were six adults and a child. First reports indicated they were the only persons aboard the Dante Deo when she ran aground. All survivors brought to Da Nang appeared to be in good shape. The leader of the group, Thomas Kurth, 30, Milwaukee, Earlier reports from the United States had said more people were believed to have been on the Danze Deo, on a world cruise since 1965, but initial accounts here said it was believed the seven brought to Da Nang were the only ones aboard. Xurth said his wife is in the United States. After distress signals were sent from the schooner, the U.S. Air Force flew to the scene in Vietnam. The United States also, lost nevrolet Co yesterday ex-:umit.y lluu Lll& j»"""^ 1 «- — ; ^m uui. s u "-& *" ressed the hope that they will j quiring the Sullivan property, \ check for $140,000 for something lose a deal for the sale of j which is to be ompany property to the city ometime next week. "The city attorney is exam- street parking used for off-j the city doesn't have title to and I think you can see that "According to the terms of we can't begin any development the sale contract," Little told work on this until we get title lllc (Jlly aLtuiiiey 10 cAanj. j me jui^ ._w....».---, ^ ning the title for the city and Hie merchants, "the company to it. i[1E Jvlal . UBK) uull , H , C u:u men have told him that we'll be 1 was supposed to have delivered! This news was received with j con quest the three adjacent hills eady next week," Jim Card-'a deed and abstract to the city some unhappiness by the mer- -" ' «•- "— :er Sullivan's legal counseliby Jan. 1 of this year. j chants who are eager to get on aid. Earlier in the day, at a meet- ng of the Downtown Merchants "Well, this hasn't been done \ with the development of the yet." The city has paid the Sulli- Pressure on the Osceola city administration to sign a long- :ime contract with Arkansas Power and Light Company increased markedly yesterday with the disclosure that AP & L did not consider it possible to supply power to the city on a short-term basis. Moreover, AP & L hinted at a reluctance to allow its present lines to the city to be used by the federally - affiliated Southwestern Power Administration. Last week, Mayor Charles Wiygul announced that the city bad signed a contract, effective Nov. 22, to buy power from SPA, using the AP & L transmission lines. H. P. Lindsey, an official of AP & L said his company had made no such agreement, although it would be willing to disquss the matter. The main problem, he added, would be to determine for how long the lines were to be used, as the city had stated its intention to construct its *wn transmission lines. The AP & L substaion located near the southwest sect- tion of the city has a maximum rated capacity of 20,000 kva. AP & L, in a letter to the Osceola city council, claims that the power demands of Oseola and other customers in the area ll far exceed this maximum. Moreover, the demands of other users, states AP & L may force the company to terminate service to Osceola entirely. Expansion of the substation, insists AP & L, would cost about $500,000 an dinvolve considerable time for engineering, delivery of equipment and construction. If the city should agree to a 20-year contract with AP & L, states the company, it would be willing to consider an effective date of November, 1966, which, it says, would result in a substantial savings for the city. However, adds AP & L, the time limit is quickly running out during which such a retroactive date could be recommended or approved. For some time, some civic leaders have been Urging the city council to accept the AP & L contract. Rate experts claim there is no signifiant dif- ferene in the wholesale rates of the two companies. Two members of the city council have been insisting that Osceola is losing several thousand dollars monthly by failing to take advantage of the reduced rate from a long-term contract. Lindsey says he has tried on four occasions to meet with Wiygul for an extended talks on th* contract, but has been unable to do so. parking lots. "We've already sold about 83 of the spaces in the north lot to employers," J. L. Westbrook, Jr., reported. Little was asked by the merchants if the city plans to raze the Sullivan building which is on the south side of Walnut. "Well, we're really not that far into it yet. But I would say that under the terms of the bond issue the- city is committed to develop that prop- another plane Thursday, a Navy A4 Skyhawk, to ground fire during an attack on a surface-to-air missile site south of Thanh Hoa. It was the 530th,U.S. plane reported lost over North Vietnam. The pilot was listed as missing. The Marines completed their commanding some of the Communist infiltration routes from Laos and the demilitarized zone i after nearly two weeks of attack and counterattack and almost ncessant air and artillery lounding of the stubborn North Vietnamese. The Leathernecks captured Hill 861—so named because it is 61 meters 2,798 feet high—last Friday and fought their way to he top of Tuesday. erty for parking. "I would like to get some cost figures on the wrecking of the building. The city doesn't want the job of wrecking it. We have all we can do. "We have $278,000 left from the bond issue for parking. Of that, we will owe the Sullivan company that $140,000. "After that, we'll have to see what it will cost to develop the property and see how far we can make our money go." Little said that parking in downtown Blytheville is a million dollar proposition. "We're going to have to keep working on this for years and years and it will take everyone doing all he can." He mentioned the fact that the old city hospital at Franklin and Main might be useful in the parking program. "First, I want to have » study made and see what uses if any, can be made of the building on it. It could well be that our best bet is to tear down this building and maybe use the property 'for a city parking lot. That's one possibility.' Little said the Sullivan purchase has things stalled as o: this moment. "First, we must close the sale to the satisfaction of everyone See CITY on Page 3 They dug in Thursday night on the slopes of 881 North and early today began moving cau- :iously toward the top. Resistance from troops of North Vietnam's 325th Division who reportedly came across the demilitarized zone in February lad lessened over the past two days. The last heavy Hill 881 South on fighting was The schooner was reported to have been on a scientific expedition when she went aground on a reef in the Paracel Islands about 240 miles east of this city on the northeast coast of South Vietnam. ' A U.S. Air Force amphibian All survivors brought to Da K ^ang appeared to be in good I shape. The leader of the group, s Thomas Kurth, 30, Milwaukee, f Wis., joyfully tossed 'his son s Scott, 6, in his arms and said \ the ground in this northeast $ plane flew to the islands, after coastal city "sure feels solid." — ~ ~ ( Po//ing Places Listed Act 9 Vote Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Blytheville for Tuesday's Act 9 industrial bond election. The election has been called by the city as a means whereby a manufacturer of office supplies will be enabled to obtain financing for its planned re-location in Blytheville. City officials and the Cham- approved, will in no way obligate the city or property holders and other taxpayers. The election is simply a legal means by which the still - undisclosed manufacturer can obtain a tax advantage to defray part of the costs of the transfer. Officials are not at liberty to reveal the name of the firm be- ber of Commerce stress that [cause company executives fear the $1.5 million bond issue, if Radio Hanoi Says U.S. Raided City TOKYO (AP) — Radio Hanoi said U.S. planes carried out a heavy bombing strike today on Hanoi and its vicinity. The broadcast, monitored hi Tokyo, said several crowded civilian areas and economic facilities were hit. The Communist station reported North Vietnamese forces shot down seven planes and captured several pilots. There was no immediate American comment. New Chamber Hours Chamber of Commerce offices will be closed tomorrow and every Saturday hereafter, according to James Vannoy, ex- a worker walk-out if news of thp nlannGd rc-locstion \VSFG to leak out. Following is a list of the polling places for the election: Ward 1-A, Robinson Implement Company at 500 East Main; Ward 1-B, Wade Furniture Warehouse at 515 East Main; Ward 1-C, Hensley Super Market at 605 South Ruddle Road; Ward 2-A, the Jaycee Clubroom at 309 North Second; Ward 2-B, the YMCA building at 300 South Second; Ward 3-A, Carlock Pontiac at Fifth and Walnut Streets; Ward 3-B, Blytheville Water Company at 415 West Main; Ward 4-A, Missco Implement Company at 800 South Division; Ward 5-A, Mississippi County Lumber Company at 1807 West Main; Ward 5-B, MFA Service Sta- south of the Chinese Communist island of Hainan. Planes dropped emergency equipment and a life raft and the persons on the schooner boarded the raft and reached an island in the Paracels group. Those brought to Da Nang from the wrecked schooner in addition to Kurth and his son were identified as: Sidney Shaw, 31, Lafayette Hill, Pa. Rod Ivison, 23, Sydney, Australia. Malcolm Briddon, 20, a British subject whose home is in Hong Kong. Ed Johnson, 26, of Toronto, See WRECK on Page 3 reported early Wednesday morning when the Marines re- DUlsed an attack by the Commu- lists, suffered 22 dead and 69 wounded, and killed 78 North Vietnamese soldiers. Only some mortar and sniper fire was reported Thursday, and the Marines said there were no additional casualties from this. U.S. military headquarters in Saigon said late today that in the 12 days of fighting 133 Marines were killed and 383 wounded. The American command said 551 North Vietnamese soldiers were killed. But 24 hours earlier, Lt. Gen. Lewis W. Walt, commander of U.S. Marines in Vietnam, told a news conference at Da Nang that 157 Marines had been killed and 738 wounded in the battle {or the hills from April 24 through Wednesday. He said enemy losses were 512 confirmed killed and another 610 probably killed. The American headquarters in Saigion had no explanation {or the discrepancy in figures. The battle for the three peaks, which form a triangle, broke eul ecutiye vice - president. The decision was made at the Chamber's board of directors meeting in April, he said. Formerly, the office was open Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon tion at 500 South 21st. St.; Ward 5-C, Doyles Service Station at 2113 West Rose. Absentee ballots may be ob- ained at the office of the registrar of voters in the courthouse. Base Is Host To 200 Scouts Airplane flights, rock and roll band, dancing. That's the new look of Scouting. This weekend, Blytheville Air Force Base plays host to 200 Explorer Scouts (oldest members of the Boy Scout program) and it will offer all these things and more. The Explorers will be coming here from over Eastern Arkansas Council, plus a few from Missouri's Cap* Girardeau Council. They check in at the base at 8 o'clock tomorrow morning and stay until after lunch on. Sun- day. As usual, Air Force officials have planned a full program for the Scouts. They'll tour base facilities and inspect missiles and aircraft. They'll go to the pistol range and observe parachute packing. Saturday night, they'll be guests at an Explorer Ball am in addition they'll have some free time for bowling,, movies and athletic events. The Scouts will b» loaded on one of the base's airplanes for a short flight during their stajf here. Base College Students To Graduate The first class to graduate from the Blytheville Air Force Base College Resident Center will receive their Associate of Arts Degrees at commencement ceremonies Monday, May 22. The public is invited. Although the spring semester's classes for the more than 200 military and civilian students enrolled will end Friday, day 12, the calender of events will not be complete Until the 22nd. i. The graduation ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. in the base chapel. Top officials of the Southern Baptist College will attend, together with rank- ng officers of the S7th Bomb Wing. It is anticipated that the ceremony will become an annual event, now that the AA degree can be earned by any high school graduate who completes as much as a three-year .tour it the base. -'' The summer session at the Center will be from July 17 to Sept. 8, registrations beginning immediately after the July weekend. The schedule of courses will be announced- in the future. Military personnel have priority in enrollments, and available vacancies otherafter may be taken by qualified civilians. •iiiiiiiiiiiinininiiiiiiniiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiini Weather Forecast Cloudy to partly cloudy -with not much change in temperature through Saturday. Scattered showers and thundershpw- era spreading over most of .(he state by tonight and ending from th* west Saturday. Low tonight mainly in th* Ms. r: .'

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