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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 57 BLXTHBVILLB, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, MAY 28, 1967 12 PAGES TEN CINTS U.S. CITIZENS EVACUATE MIDDLE EAST WASHNGTON (AP) - The Johnson administration regards with deep worry today the possibility a shooting war may break out in the tinderbox Middle East.. As a precaution, the State Department advised tourists and other Americans on nonessen- tia! business to pull out of the danger area — Israel, Egypt, Syria and Jordan—and suggested that those headed that way put off their visits if possible. By rough estimate about 10,- 000 Americans are in the four- country danger zone. It was up to those who wish to leave to arrange for commercial transportation. No orders have gone out to the U.S. 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean to evacuate U.S. citizens or take other action, U.S. sources said. Pushing the crisis to a new peak was President Abdel Gama! Nasser's declaration that Israeli and other flag vessels carrying strategic goods to Israel can no longer sail the Gulf of Aqaba. Israel has said it will fight if this artery is closed. Only hours before Nasser's statement, State Department officials told editors and broadcasters at a foreign policy briefing that shutting the narrow Arab-bounded waterway would be a very serious matter. A 1957 U.S. commitment to Israel, described as still representing U.S. policy, defined the Gulf of Aqaba as an international waterway and said that on behalf of American ships, the United States "is prepared to exercise the right of free and innocent passage and to join with others to secure general recognition of this right." State Department officials also had two hopeful assessments; —None of the governments in the area wants war at this time, although an incident could plunge the situation beyond their control. —The Soviet Union appears to favor restraint by Egypt and Syria, receivers of heavy Soviet aid. In Providence, R.I., Monday, Vladimir L. Bykov, second secretary of the Soviet Embassy in Washington, told a college audience he thinks "reason will prevail" and there will be no fighting. President Johnson was advised of the developments as they occurred late Monday night and senior officials worked far into the night on contingency plans. There was hope among some that U Thant, United Nations secretary-general, would be able to temper Nasser's posture upon Thant's arrival today In Cairo. BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser's threat to bar Israeli shipping from the Gulf of Aqaba heightened the danger today of war in the Middle East. Nasser announced Monday during a visit to a front-line air base in the Sinai Desert that his •forces will close Israel's only direct access to the Red Sea to all Israeli ships and other ships carrying strategic goods to Is-;."-'" rael. '!"'.' Israel has vowed to fight if!: V the waterway between,its south-.;.„.: ern port of Eilat and the Red ; ;•"" Sea is blocked. J.,."^.' In Washington, the State De-. -.-; partment advised tourists and <••;<•*. other Americans on nonessen-y,;., tial business to leave Israel,-'-•" Egypt, Syria and Jordan. About ;«.10,000 Americans are estimated•::•:;•. to be in the four countries. U.S. officials said, -however, .,.*; that no orders have been given .;ii-i See EAST on Page 3 •••'.-. All Quiet on the Ben Hai By GEORGE MCARTHUR SAIGON (AP) - A 24-hour truce for Buddha's birthday prevailed over much of Vietnam today, but the U.S. Command Said 10 Americans were killed and 17 wounded in Communist attacks since the allied cease- fire went into effect at midnight Monday. The U.S. Command also announced that in the 24 hours preceding the cease-fire, three American planes were downed over North Vietnam and two over South Vietnam, while U.S. fliers shot down another Com- Legion Offers Reward Money Dud Cason American Legion Post last night voted to offer a jlflfl reward for information wtiich will lead to the arrest and conviction of those who destroyed the Herman Davis statue at Manila Saturday night. The statue of the World War I hero was demolished by vandals. It was dedicated in 1926. In other action, the Legion moved to work with the Arkansas Department of the American Legion in attempting to get Parks Commission to assist with the purchase of another statue. The plot of ground on which the avis memorial sits is a state park and as such falls under the aegis of the Publicity and Parks Commission. munist MIG. Four American pilots were listed as missing. A U.S. spokesman said aerial reconnaissance reports were not yet available to indicate whether the North Vietnamese were taking advantage of the truce to increase their movement of sup. plies to South Vietnam as they have done in the past truce periods. The allied stand-down is to end at midnight — noon EDT. The Communist forces had announced they would observe a 48-hour truce ending at 7 a.m. Wednesday Saigon time, or 7 p.m. EDT tonight. The U.S. Command said in the first 12 hours of the one-day allied truce, 21 incidents had been reported, with'a dozen of them considered "significant." In the worst, a platoon patrol of the 101st Airborne Division was fired on in Quahg Ngai Province early: today, and a firefight followed]' itlwhich six Americans were killed and nine wounded. Whether this was a Red violation of the truce de- pended on whether the U.S. pa-1 still "manuvering inside the tr/\1 tiiae nrtneirfoi-oH nffonoiira n*> rlatni1itriT<i<7er1 vnna " trol was considered defensive. Several other incidents were clear violations — such as the mortaring of a U.S. command post, the maeinegunning of a village militia post, and grenades hurled into night bivouacs of small unite. On the allied side, the 19 announced ground operations in progress when the truce began came to a temporary halt. Aerial bombing was stopped and only reconnaissance planes were over North Vietnam. Naval warships stood off the coast with silent guns. No firing was reported along the Ben Hai River line in the demilitarized zone where U.S. Marines had dug in following their invasion last week into the southern half of the ; zone dividing North and South Vietnam. Asked about reports that the Marines had pulled back from the three-mile-wide area they seized, a spokesman said that more than one battalion demilitarized zone." The air losses brought the number Monday of U.S. combat planes reported lost See VIETNAM an Page 3 Blytheville Graduations Final arrangements have been announced for graduation ceremonies at Harrison and Blytheville High Schools. The Harrison graduation will be 8 p.m. Thursday in the gymnasium and the Blythevilie ceremonies will be 8 p.m. Friday in the Health and Physical Education building. C'ville Boy, 18, Stabbing Victim CARUTHERSVILLE - An 18-year-old Caruthersville high school senior is in Pemiscol County Memorial Hospital with itab wounds received Saturday night. Police Chief H. Edwards said Dateline _ ay 23 — COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The court-martial of Army Capt. Howard B. Levy resumes Wednesday with his attorneys trying to prove American Special Forces troops commit war crimes in Vietnam. An attempt to have the U.S. Supreme Court intercede and transfer the proceedings to a civilian court failed Monday when the high court denied the appeal without comment. The court-martial has been in recess since last Wednesday at the request of the defense, which has been seeking evidence to back up its argument that Green Beret medics are trained to kill Vietnamese peasants whom they can't "cure" politically. FROGMORE, S.C. (AP) - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has denied accusations in a Freedom House paper that Com- hunists influenced his antiwar movement. He says the charges have a McCarthy-like ring. The Negro integrationist, who was criticized in a position paper by Freedom House for lending his "mantle of respectability" to a peace movement that contained "well-known Communist allies and luminaries of the hate-America left, said the charges were completely false. He said Monday night from his retreat in South Carolina, "It is unfortunate that the Freedom House has allowed itself to become victimized by the same McCarthy-like tactics that darkened the soul of our nation a few years ago." DETROIT (AP) — James P. Hoffa made his political debut today in a special election that will break a 54-54 tie in the Michigan House. Hoffa, the 26-year-old son of Teamster's Union President James R. Hoffa, is the Democratic candidate in the heavily Democratic district in northwest Detroit. The elder Hoffa is now serving a prison sentence. The Repulbican opponent is Anthony C. Licate, 48, an advertising executive who has been active in his party. WASHINGTON (AP) - John Chancellor anticipated today that his successor as director to the Voice of America will push ahead with (he task of breathing new life into the government's overseas radio. "The renovation of the Voice cannot be done In the two years I've been there," Chancellor said in an interview. "Maybe it can be done by the next fellow." Chancellor's resignation from the S24,5000-a-year post to return to the National Broadcasting Co. as a national affairs correspondent was announced Monday. there is a suspect in the stab, bing of Curtis H. McCoy Jr., but no charges have been filed and the suspect has not been arrested. A Caruthersville newspaper quoted McCoy's doctor as, say. ing the youth was in serious condition and had gone into shock. This morning, hospital officials refused to release any information on the boy's condition. His doctor, C. W. McKaskle of Caruthersville, could not be reached for comment. The Pemiscot County newspaper and a Caruthersville radio station published the name of a suspect but County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Taylor refused comment and said he had disqualified himself from the case. "The Light of Truth" will be the theme of the Harrison com. was i mencement. Students whi will address the assembly are Eddie Burton, senior president; Michael Dandridge, salutatorian; and Emma Gray, valedictorian. Blytheville seniors participating in their program will be Susie Robinson, invocation; Marilee Richardson, "The Seniors: Review;" Jerry Fletcher, "The Seniors: Preview;" and ASC Studies Acreage Swap In an effort to better inform armers of their options (and ww they are to be exercised) on unplanted cotton land, the County ASC Committee w i 111 Hospital. RAZING THE ROOF — This-morning city wrecking crews began demolishing the buildings on the north section of the property the city has purchased from Bob Sullivan Chevro- let Co. The $190,000 purchase will be converted into two off-street parking lots. (Courier News Photo) City Purchase Complete Sullivan Gets $140,000 A check for $140,000 was jiven Bob Sullivan Chevrolet 3o., yesterday morning as the city completed purchasing the Jamie Carter, benediction. Harrison principal L. D. Jeffers will present the class for graduation. The school chorus, under the direction of Joe H. Williams, will sing "No Man Is An Island." Larry Pugh will deliver the invocation and the school band, directed by Cecil Brown, will provide the music. J. K. Williams, superintendent of Blyfheville Public Schools, will acknowledge the Blytheville lonor graduates, and D. B. Vfeador, principal, will present lie class. Diplomas will be distributed by William H. Wyatt, president of the school board, and music will be provided by Fay Bunch and Betey Johnson. The school choirs, under the direction of Miss Molly Autry will sing "No Man Is An Is- and" and "The Battle Hymn of he Republic," with Ron Wilson as soloist. company's former showroom and used car lot on Walnut Street. The check brings to $190,000 the price paid for the property check for $140,000 to complete the purchase price, they gave us a check for $1,025 for items removed from the property." He said city work crews are .buildings on the north section | of the property and, "I don't 'see any reason why that parking lot couldn't be used for which will be-converted into]parking as soon as-the build- two, off-street parking lots. "After the city gave them a ings, are torn down." He said the city would adver- tise for bids on the demolition of the building on the south sec tion of the property. "I haven't set a definite date yet, but we're going to keep right on this thing and I'd like to open the bids sometime nexl week," Little said. He said he had set no target date for completed renovation of the south section of the.prop- erty. Fallout Planning Urged in Building Hardin Rites Are Tomorrow E. P. Hardin, 83, died early his morning at Chickasawba meet tonight in Osceola to study regulations affecting this acreage. The meeting of ASC community cdmmitteemen will be held in the conference room of the ASCS office at 8 p.m. "Many farmers are asking this office questions about what they can or cannot do and we feel they are asking the committeemen the same questions," H. M. McDaniel, county ASC office manager, stated. Purpose of the meeting, McDaniel continued, is to better inform the committeemen so they in .turn will be able to answer questions from farmers. A wet, cold spring has militated against the 1967 cotton crop. Farmers for the most-part will be able to plant this acreage to soybeans and collect compensatory payment* for re- jring the cotton land ... but the manner in which this Is to be done sometimes gets a bit involved. He was a retired carpenter. Born in Slate Springs, Miss.; he had lived here since 1904. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Raymond Zachry of Blytheville; Two grandchildren and four great - grandchildren. Services will be tomorrow afternoon at Cobb Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Alvis Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. ON THE INSIDE Page Seven State to begin hiring Negro State Troopers. Hong Kong's troubles shift to tbe labor scene as colony Is bit by strikes. Brussels store fire. CasMlUes la flitted by By BOB HORTON AP Military Writer Civil Defense officials—saying about 70 mollion American would be unshielded in case o nuclear attack in 1972—are try ing to get fallout shelter poten tial added to planned buildings Officials said even the esti mate of 70 million unprotectec persons—or about one-third o the U.S. population—assumes present approved shelter programs will be carried forwarc for five year to the time when Communist China is expected to be capable of launching at least a light nuclear attack on the United States. Because of the growing need for shelter spaces, officials said today, the agency is embarking on a trial, direct-mail campaign to persuade architects and owners of planned buildings to add fallout shelter potential to their projects. This would mean incorporating various design features into new buildings to protect occu. sants from radiation in a nuclear emergency. The idea is to accomplish architectural and engineering changes early in the project at ittle or no extra cost and with out significantly changing the milding's appearance. The Office of Civil Defense estimates that to date more han 158 million shelter spaces have been located in large buildings but "not all of this shelter space Is located close to where the people are." Of the 158 million spacs, only about half are stocked with an average of eight-days survival supplies. Beginning next month Civil Defense will write owners and architects of an estimated 3,000 building projects in seven states —Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Massachustts, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. Letters will be followed up by personal contacts by local Civil Defense officers to describe, the agency puts it, "the vital importance of designing fallout protction into the new building." Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara long has maintained that fallout shelters would be an integral part of any antiballistic missile system designed to shoot down enemy missiles. Without shelters, McNamara says, an enemy coulddetonate a thermonuclear warhead upwind of U.S. areas and the atmosphere would sweep deadly fal lout over majjor population centers. McNamara does not believe any antimissile defense could be significantly effective against an all out, sophisticated attack of the type the Soviet Union could launch. But he told a news Two Escape Jail ARKANSAS CITY, Ark. (AP) —Two prisoners broke open a trap door in the top of their cell n the Desha County jail this morning and escaped. Three other prisoners stayed n the jail. The escapees were Identified as Howard Lee Vanzandt, «, of Snyder, Tex., and A. . Mitchell, 18, of McGehee. conference last week a so called thin type system could be erected to defend against the light nuclear attack Communist China may be capable of by the early 1970s. Nicholson Considered For Position The name of State Representative Bill Nicholson of Osceola will be among those considered for the post of executive secretary to the Arkansas Democratic Party today when the party's central committee meets in Little Rock. Nicholson's name was submitted to the state committee by the Mississippi County Young Democrats Club. So far, the state committee has failed to agree on someone to fill the $12,000 a year position as full-time executive secretary, a newly - created post. Today, the committee meets to once more consider nominations for the job. Yesterday, Blytheville Attorney Oscar Fendler put forward the name of Raymond Rebsamen, Little.Rock civic leader, to the state committee. Others due to be considered in today's session are Rep. jack S. Oaks of Augusta, Glenn Bennett of Jcnesboro, Stu Proner of Conway and Sonny Lyebrand of Pine Bluff. By GEORGE W. CORNELfi- AP Religion Writer '" ;i PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., armed with a new creed focused r .oh current world problems, urgid the nation today to de-escalate its fighting in Vietnam. ~;£ "We believe it is a risk we must take for the future of mankind," (he 3.3-million-member denoination declared. Its governing General Assembly also said, "it appears that Ihe immediate need" is for an alternate policy to the bombing of North Vietnam, and asTte'd the government "to consider again cessation of bombing aa evidence of our desire to negotiate." . In a "declaration of -com science," the church said it was up to tjie United States "as the stronger nation" in the war to take the' first "irtitatives that will create a climate of trust eading finally to .the negotiating table." The action came after pro- onged debate late . Monday night. Echoing several speakers, the steaement recongnized 'that our leaders desire to end the war," and commended their motives. But the church representa- ives from across the country declared their "deep misgivings at the policy of military escala- ion"—including American steps aken this past week—"which eads the world daily closer to he danger of wider war." U.S. :roops invaded the demilitarized zone last week for the first time. The document, drafted by a special committee headed' by he Rev. Dr. Robert McAfee Irown of Stanford University, md amended somewhat from he floor, defended the "moraJi- y of dissent" to the war policy, nd pleaded for restraint. It also set a day of prayer and asting for peace, June 11, with fferings to be taken to help ci- 'ilian victims of the war. Other eligious bodies were invited-to oin in the observance. Earlier, the church adopted i first revamped doctrinal tandard in three centuries, the Confession of 1967," including much-argued call to work for seace "even at risk to national ecurity." Delegates voted down a move delet the phrase, overriding bjections that it was "unneees- arily provocative" and might eopardize the classified status Presbyterians in jobs with ecurity clearance.. The U.S. Department of Defense has ruled that this would not be the case. ;.;. Thinnes, Loring HOLLYWOOD (AP) - ,Hdy Thinnes, 29, star of the television series "The Invaders" «nd actress Lynn Loring, 23, 1*1 wed Saturday. .'£^ : Weather Forecast.;. Mild temperatures, sunny skies and light winds will d5 minate the .state until day night or Thursday morn when a cold front pus North Arkanw. Low 52tO«.