The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 15, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, May 15, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. «S—NO. 50 BLTTHBVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) MONDAY, MAY 15, 1967 14 PAGES TEN CENTS MYSTERY SHOPPER — In connection with National Cotton Week, the North Mississippi County Cotton Promotion Association is sponsoring a "mystery shopper" contest for the northern half of the county. Any sales person who attempts to interest the "shopper" in all-cotton merchandise will receive a cash award.. Delsie Stewart, saleswoman, obligingly posed for this tableau illustrating how the scene might look. (Courier News Photo) Jet Streams Stir Freak Weather WASHINGTON (AP)-You can blame those meandering jet streams for the unusual spring weather we've been having, Weather Bureau experts said today. Drought in the semitropical Florida Everglades, spring snows in the Rockies, chills in the north central states and heavy rains in the Northeast all are related to those high-level winds which frequently give airplanes a push across the continent. The Weather Bureau takes a philosophical view of it all. "The weather is always abnormal somewhere," one expert said. "Normal weather is some- tunes a hard thing to come by." Basically what is happening, the bureau said, is that a northern jet stream is going farther north than usual and bringing cold air into the continental United States from Alaska and Canada. From Alaska this stream moves into the Great Lakes region and the East. A Southern stream is slightly farther north than usual and is stronger than normal. It is bringing storm systems in from the Pacific Ocean to the central part of the nation. Between these two giant rivers of air is what weather observers call a confluence one— and it's here that snow and rain are falling from west to east. The tendency is for the opposing systems to spread moisture toward the north with a dry area to the south, thus accounting for the Everglades drought, the bureau said. The jet stream dislocation began developing during March and it is anybody's guess when the wandering winds will go back to normal, one expert said. During April, he added, it is normal for the northern mass to reach the Canadian : American border in the western part of See WEATHER on Page 3 By GEORGE MCARTHUR SAIGON (AP) - Heavy ground fighting and severe Communist barrages continued to cause sharply increasing American casualties as a big new.battle appeared to be building up between the U. S. Marines and North Vietnamese regulars just south of the demilitarized zone. The Marines reported 12 dead and 92 wounded in attacks Sunday, and that did not include casualty reports from one of the day's sharpest pitched battles with the North Vietnamese. Only 27 Communists were reported killed. In the air, the U. S. Command announced the loss of three planes Sunday — matching the number of Soviet-built MIG jets downed by American airmen in dogfights over the North. One U. S. jet was lost to ground fire in the South, making 179 combat planes downed there since the, war began. In the North, one jet was lost to ground fire and one to unknown causes, making 541 combat Chou Rattles Sino Sword EDITOR'S NOTE — The story I other top Red China leaders in following stems from an interview in Peking with China's Premier Chou En-lai by Simon Malley, 41, U.N. correspondent for the French language Jeune Afrique, and other African newspapers. Malley, a native of Cairo, Egypt, is a naturalized U.S. citizen. The material from Malley's exclusive talks with Chou and other Chinese leaders is made available by the Chicago Daily News and Publishers Newspaper Syndicate, a sister company, who hold copyright on it. CHICAGO (AP) - Red China's top leaders were quoted as telling a Western newsman in recent interviews that China would fight the United States if North Vietnam is invaded or threatened with a "sellout peace." The declaration, attributed to Premier Chou En-lai, was reported by Simon Malley, a vet- em U.N. correspondent, in a copyright story carried by the Chicago Daily News in its weekend editions. The News said Malley's findings will be carried in an exclusive 10-part series. Malley, who also interviewed Meets Tonight Chickasawba Chapter of American Red Cross has its monthly board of directors meet | relations with the Soviet Union Ing tonight at 7:30 in the chap- and other Issues concerning ter offict en North Second. (world peace. Peking, was the first American newsman to be received in the Chinese capital's forbidden city in two years. Malley said that Chou asserted during a 2%-hour interview that the Chinese are "determined the Americans will not succeed" in Vietnam. If Hanoi should request assistance, Chou said, China is "ready — tomorrow if need be" to .send an avalanche of volunteers into North Vietnam. Malley wrote that Chou said, "Americans won't be allowed to approach our borders. Our security would be at stake." The Red China premier, Malley said, looked fit and healthy despite his 71 years. AnotSier contingency -which would put China into the war in Vietnam, Malley quoted Chou, would be a "sellout" peace. Malley said Chou scornfully lumped the Soviet Union with the United States as China's enemies. Despite Soviet aid to North Vietnam, Chou was quoted as saying, the Soviet Union believes it is to her own interest to conclude the war through a compromise that would be "tantamount to defeat" for the North Vietnamese. Malley said that throughout his talks in Peking, he found Chou and other Chinese leaders surprisingly candid about China's inner political turmoil, its US Casualties Rising; Large Battle Looms planes lost over North Vietnam. Hanoi claimed seven U. S. jets were downed Sunday. The three MIGs report :i downed brought the American score for the weekend to 10 kills and two probables. The Air ON THE INSIDE Page Eight Peking puts official pressure an Hong Kong as violence subsides. Pope Paul's Visit to Portugal is seen as a gesture of encouragement to Church conservatives. Kennedy .round .negotiators pass self-imposed deadline but keep on working after making progress. New York police quit the numbers racket. They no longer are going to estimate marching crowds. niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniuiiiiiniMii WR Says Fulbright Tough Opponent OTTLE ROCK (A) — Anyone who runs against U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright, 0-Ark., will be facing a "formidable candidate" who has gained strength in his home state, according to Republican Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller said here Sunday. | "I really think he has gained a good deal of strength in the state of Arkansas because he has the nerve, if you want to call it that, or the intestinal fortitude, to disagree with the Administration," Rockefeller said. "The folks here in Arkansas are proud of our boy who stands up and takes a position, wheth- er it is favorable or unfavorable," he said. "This, I think, has gained him a good deal of strength." Rockefeller said he didn't necessarily agree with Fulbright, who has been a frequent critic of the Administration's Vietnam War policies. "If I knew where he was really trying to get us, then I might be better equipped to comment," he said. Rockefeller made his remarks in an interview with Peter Jennings, anchor man for the American Broadcasting Company's news team. The interview will be shown on Jennings' news program. Dateline _ ay 15 ~~" Force announced seven Red jets were downed Saturday and two probably were brought down. The three MIGs were downed Sunday during raids four- miles from the heart of Hanoi. U. S. Marines reported killing 110 North Vietnamese regulars in a running battle southwest of Da Nang. The Marines have swept over a hill in the area and are pushing through a jungled valley toward the Ly Ly River. The fighting there has been going on since last Friday. The Reds have clung doggedly to lidden bunkers and trenchlines buried in the jungles and along low ridges of the area. Marine headquarters reported patrol Sunday discovered a fresh Communist burial ground alongside the battlefield. They counted 73 bodies in North Vietnamese uniforms. This brought to 351 the number of Reds reported killed in the fight, in which 69 Marines have been killed and 311 wounded. This does not include Sunday's casualties, which were not yet reported. Similar grim fighting was taking place in Quang Tri Province below the demilitarized border. Probes and artillery and mortar fire repeatedly raked the Marine camps at Gio Linh and Con Thien just south of the zone. The Marine area south of the demilitarized zone has been the scene of much of the fighting in Vietnam in the past two weeks. Intelligence reports say about 35,000 North Vietnamese regulars are in and around the zone, and the Marines are making a sustained, determined effort to drive out those in South Vietnam. The Marines reported killing 24 of the enemy Saturday in the area, known as "Leatherneck Square" because it includes four Marine positions. A steady stream of American dead and wounded were evacuated from the battle, first on tanks and later in helicopters. "We intend to stay in this area until we drive them out," said Capt. Edward Hutchinson of Merritt Island, Fla., a Marine company commander. Capt. Hutchinson said his unit had been hit hard in the same region twice before this year. A 15,000-man Army task force See VIETNAM on Page 2 WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of the Treasury Henry H. Fowler asked Congress today to raise the ceiling on the national debt to $365 billion, up 29 billion from the present ceiling. . Beside asking for one of the biggest single increases in history, Fowler recommended that the new ceiling be made permanent. At present the permanent ceiling is $285 billion, and various temporary increases have been granted on top of that. The latest of these expires June 30, at which times, Fowler said, the debt is expected to be about $327 billion. ft PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — It was an open door on America's Lunar Orbiter 4 that exposed camera film to sunlight and ruined several frames, scientists say. They said Sunday they were having trouble with a thermal door that covers the camera lens on the 600-pound lunar satellite and decided to leave it open to avoid problems. But it caused more problems, they said, explaining: "It now seems likely that sunlight leaked inside the camera system through the open door and over a long period of time it caused light to strike on some of the film frames. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Sen. J. W. Fulbright, of Arkansas, challenger of presidents and foreign policy for a quarter- century, faces his toughest political challenge as a dove in a state regarded as hawkish on the Vietnam war. Two of Fulbriught's most prominant fellow Democrats in Arkansas-former Govs. Orval E. Faubus and Sid McMath think the senator is in trouble with the voters because of his attacks on administration war policy and so will be vulnerable in next year's primary. ft SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A beach riot by 1,000 youths, sparked when police tried to break up a fight, injured three officers and two bystanders Sunday. Before it was over, windows were smashed, resort booths robbed and some bottles were tossed at police. Two youths were arrested on suspicion of looting and 12 others on charges of inciting a riot, battery and resisting arrest. One hundred police, armed with shotguns, nightsticks and tear gas, sped to Playland-at-the-Beach and restored order after two hours. The officers did not use the tear gas or the gun* but were aided by police dogi in clearing the area. Manila's Roy Ashabranner To Retire After 24 years in the Manila school system, Roy Ashabran- total ol . the .city..streets.- - .TOASTED PECANS — The weekend's in heavy damage but no injuries. A freakish weather assaulted this pecan tree 2.94 inches of rain was dumped on .on South Ruddle Road, the victim of lightning, during the weekend, flooding city Saturday morning lightning also hit a resi- (Courier News Photo) dence in the 1400 block of Walnut, resulting Cotton Outlook Dismal ASC Rule Change To Help Farmers Mississippi County's cotton crop appears destined to set records this year ... records for smallness. There is some chance the county's cotton acreage will fall below 100,000. If so, this will be the smallest crop in modern history. Spring rains (and Blytheville recorded 2.94 inches over the weekend alone) and low temperatures have resulted in what would be an agricultural disaster as far as cotton is concerned were it not for a federal program which is going to help ease the pain. After diverting some acreage (under a federal program which offers a cash payment as an incentive to lower production), the county began the new crop year with about 117,000 acres ner, superintendent, has an- scheduled £or cotton ' nounced his resignation to enter This alone would have made private business. A native of Manila, Ashabran- the 1967 crop perhaps the smallest on record (although ner taught in the schools forl last year's crop was about this five years before the Second World War. During his four- year tour of duty with the armed forces, he served as an officer with the Army artillery. After the war, he coached for two school trems at Deering, Mo., before returning to Manila. He was appointed principal at Manila before being named superintendent, a post he has held for the past 14 years. He earned his bachelor's degree at Arkansas State University and his master's at George Peabody Teacher's College in Nashville, Tenn. He also did some advanced study at Peabody. Ashabranner has been given four-year's credit for the time he served during the war, entitling him to a full 30-year's retirement. His present plans are to go into the construction business in association with J. mayor of Manila. B. Brown, figure). Prior to last year, the smallest crop since 1928 was grown in 1934 when, under a New Deal farm program, farmers plowed up considerable acreage. But even then, 162,000 acres were planted in cotton. Many years, the figure has been near or above 200,000. So far, Spring '67 has been much like Spring '66 only more- i. Last year, the county lost about 15,000 acres during a wet spring planting season. BAFB Closed Today A simulatd nuclear attack is being staged at Blytheville Air Force Base for eight hours today in order to give base personnel practice under realistic war-time conditions. During the exercise, code- named "Buckskin Rider," the base will be closed to civilians except for normal delivery services. A new ruling on an Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation program is going to help :he cotton farmer somewhat. Harry McDaniel, manager of :he Mississippi County ASC office, said this morning that the county has been notified of one important change in the ASC diverted - acreage payment pro;ram. "We have been told that the farmer will be able to make a decision after May 21 regarding applping for cotton payments. We're having a county committee meeting today and by the time the farmer is ready to go back to work, we should have much more information," McDanield said. Briefly, this means that after May 21, the farmer may elect to retire his cotton acreage, collect a small compensatory payment and in turn plant the acreage to soybeans. The payment averages about 10 cents per pound, based on past farm performances. Soybeans may be planted with hope of success weeks after the cotton planting, "deadline," which is traditionally May 20, but which actually is a few days later. "It would seem to me that a farmer would be less willing to gamble with late-planted cotton See COTTON on Page 2 DAEOC to Meet ....But Where? HAYTI — Under the stern eye of federal Office of Economic Opportunity officials in Kansas City, the president of the Boot- heel's poverty organization has announced a special meeting May 22 to reconsider the dismissal of two employes. Originally set for Wednesday, the meeting was re-scheduled for next Monday, according to James Dement of Holcomb, a Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation (DAEOC) board member. Dement said he received a notice from President Robert M. Edwards in this morning's mail announcing the meeting for 8 p.m. the 22nd but, "We haven't been told where it will be held." OEO officials in Kansas City last week gave the Bootheel corporation seven days to sched ule a meeting to reconsider the spring firing of Lloyd Phillips and Bill Graves. "Our May 18 deadline meant that DAEOC would have to schedule a meeting with the seven-day period so May 22 meets that requirement. However, the board mem^ bers will have to be told exactly when and where the meeting will be held. I suppose it will be in DAEOC's building in Portageville," Dean Lupkey, with the OEO office, said this morning when contacted by telephone Lupkey said that even though the meeting will be closed at the suggestion of an OEO attorney, "It is my understanding it will be open to the press." 1 . Weather forecast Clear tonight but partly cloudy Tuesday. Cooler southeast half tonight. Continued cool northwest half tonight and warmer over the state Tuesday. Low tonight near 40 north to 56 south. ,;

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