The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 26, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 26, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 68—NO. 60 BLXTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) FRIDAY, MAY 26 1967 14 PAGES TEN CENTS IN EVENT OF UN FAILURE IN MIDDLE EAST 4 MEET SUGGESTED OTTAWA (AP) - President | conference Thursday at Pear- Johnson told Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson he may propose a Big Four summit conference if the United Nations fails to cool off the Middle East crisis, a Canadian government informant said today. The informant said Johnson broached the idea to the Canadian leader during their luncheon son's lakeside summer residence 20 miles from Ottawa. Both leaders expressed hope, the informant said, that U.N. Secretary-General U T h a n t would have some solution as a result of his meeting in Cairo this week with Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Johnson was reported to have said, however, that if Than£s efforts failed and if the 15-nation Security. Council is unable to agree on measures to ease the crisis, Johnson would favor meeting with Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin, French President Charles de Gaulle and British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Pearson agreed that four-pow- er talks at the top level would be desirable if U.N. efforts broke down, the informant said, but he told the President that Canada would prefer a U.N. settlement involving the establishment of a border patrol along the Egyptian-Israel frontier. Thant pulled the U.N. Middle East peace force out of the area City to Enforce Law Sub-16 Drivers Warned Biytheville teenagers usu- ing license for at least one year ally with the tender, 1 o v i n g; and must be on the front seat with the driver. A parent or sponsor .who complicity of one or both parents — have made a joke of the state's driver licensing laws over the past years. The law carefully spells out the fact that a driver under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a licensed driver. This so-called restrictive driver's license has not merely been abused, it has been ignored by many sub-16 drivers, who drive whenever they can get the car keys. Today, Blytheville's police department said this must change. Biytheville Mayor Tom Little said it, too. "I've consulted with the mayor and others on the problem and it seems there is pretty general agreement that the law regarding these drivers should be enforced," Chief of Police George Ford said. That the law will not be easy to enforce, Ford admits. "We will make some spot checks. If our officers see a very young driver, they may stop him and ask to see his license." In addition, Ford said, city police occasionally may set up road blocks and cheek all drivers' licenses for a period of a few hours. Actually, the law is a little more severe than most parents guess. For example: A temporary permit (which is what is issued to most sub-16 drivers) is (according to state law) good only for 60 days. . unless the holder of the permit is in a driver education class and then the permit is good for the school year. (These permits may be issued to drivers as young as 14.) The licensed accompaniest must have held a regular driv- cense ,assumes certain • liabilities. Any negligence or wilful misconduct of any driver under Fund Will Aid Families ", >' Of Osceola Policemen A fund drive to aid the family of Gordon McFall, Osceola > police officer fatally wounded Tuesday night in a gunfight i with Lee Wilson, about 65, Negro, and the family of Billy I Crafton, a fellow officer who also was wounded and is still ! ; hospitalized, has been started by Phil Mullen, publisher of ; > the Osceola Times. According to Oscoela Police Chief Ray Rigsby, Mullen ' ; launched the fund with a, $100 contribution, and response ; > from the .public has been good. ; \ Biytheville regular and auxiliary police have made a ; donation, and' the police department will accept donations • to the fund from local residents who wish to contribute. I About $300 has been contributed. ; Checks also may be sent to either the First National '. ; Bank of Osceola or the Planters Bank, also of Osceola. ; Although Crafton is in satisfactory condition in a Mem- ; ' phis hospital, said Rigsby, doctors are as yet unable to de- '• ; termine whether he will suffer any serious permanent in- '. •jury- signs an application for a li-llhe age of 18 (sic) "shall be ' imputed to the person who has signed the application for the permit or license..." the law states. If the owner of an automo- j bile (including the parent) permits an unauthorized person to drive his car, he is subject to a $500 fine or imprisonment. Airport Contract Is Let In response to an Inquiry from the Courier News, Jimmy Woodard, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics, has disclosed that Biytheville has been recommended for a 3,800 foot runway in addition to miscellaneous work, under the 1967 matchirig- funds plan of the Federal Aviation Agency. Length of the runway now is about 3,300 feet. Asked this morning whether or not the city would be able to avail itself of the funds, Mayor Tom A. Little Jr. said such a decision would have to be made by the Airport Commission. However, he added, under the matching - funds program, the city has awarded a contract for the fencing of the land added to the airport property in January. The contract was awarded to Slaughter Brothers Construction Co. and the work is to be completed within 60 days. Cost of the contract, said Little, is $9,044, half of which will be paid by the FAA, which has already given its approval. The main purpose of the fencing, according to the mayor, is to keep livestock from wandering onto the runway and causing an air-traffic hazard. Dateline — May 26 — WASHINGTON (AP) - Foreign Minister Abba Eban of Israel hopes President Johnson will tell him that the United states intends to do to open the Gulf of Aqaba to Israeli shipping if diplomatic efforts fail to end a threatened Egyptian blockade. „.,.«_ Johnson conferred in the Canadian woods Thursday with Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson but the two leaders gave no hint they had reached any conclusion on how to achieve a peaceful solution in the Middle East. ft SAIGON (AP) — A company of about 150 American soldiers was badly cut up today fighting off an ambsuh by North Vietnamese soldiers wearing flashy red berets and Communist suicide snipers lashed in trees. The U.S. Command in Saigon said five of the American troops were killed and 46 wounded, but a report from the battlefield said about half of the company was killed or wounded. The U S Command said 71 North Vietnamese were killed. ft OTTAWA (AP) - Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson suggested to President Johnson that he try to lure the North Vietnamese to the conference able win a duel announcement halting the bombing of North Vietnam and promising to go to Geneva for peace talks, a Canadian government informant said today. Johnson and his aides were reported cool to the proposal. ft WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two days away from turning 56, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey says he's happy in his job, thankful for his good health and optimistic about (he world's future. Humphrey summoned reporters to an impromptu news conference Thursday in Ms Capitol Hill office and described his personal credo as: "You always have to do what's right, regardless of whether people like it or not. That's what counts." APL Elects R. E. L Wilson R. E. L. Wilson III, head of the Lee Wilson Company in Wilson, yesterday was named a member of the board of directors of Arkansas Power and Light Co. Wilson was elected yesterday at the annual stockholders Richard C. Butler of Little Rock and William McCollam, Jr., a vice president of the Little Rock - based utility, also were named to the board. Wilson, who was a state leader in last fall's Democrats for (Winthrop) Rockefeller move recently was named a member of the University of Arkansas board of trustees. Allison Attends Foreign Policy Briefing Ed Allison of Biytheville, president of the Arkansas Young. Republicans, returned this week from a three-day foreign policy briefing in Washington. Thirty - two young political leaders from over the nation attended the session, which included an informal meeting with President Lyndon Johnson. The meeting was sponsored by the American Council »f Young Political leaders and was attended by Democrats and Republicans from over the nation. Ford believes it will be rather rugged going for the police department at first. However, he thinks the campaign will produce results. "Most parents are ready to cooperate. I feel some of them do not fully understand the state laws. It's largely a matter of education. Once the p e o p 1 e know about this law and realize it's going to be enforced right across the board, they'll be cooperative." George Teal's Father Dies William James Teal, father of Biytheville Country Club Golf Professional George Teal, died last night in Detroit. Mr. Teal had made his home in Detroit for the past 15 years. In addition to his son here, he leaves another son, J. J. Teal, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and four grandchildren. Services will be at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Pixley Funeral Home, Rochester, Mich. Parade Sef For Tomorrow "Clean-Up Week" in Biythe- ville will formally begin tomorrow with a parade scheduled for 2 p.m. The route will originate at the Jack Robinson Gin Co. on East Main and extend to the intersection of Sixth and Main Streets. The parade is to take place regardless of weather conditions. It is to be led by the color guard from Biytheville Air Force Base, with city police units and official automobiles also taking part, as well as persons affiliated with the two Neighborhood Service Centers, sponsors of the campaign. Mayor Tom A. Little Jr. has proclaimed next week "Cleanup Week in Biytheville." Family Electrocuted Putting Up Antenna ARLINGTON, Tex. (AP) Daniel T. Poston, 31, his wife and their son Danny, 10 were electrocuted while installing an amateur radio antenna. It brushed against a power line carrying 72,000 volts. last week in reponse to demands jy Nasser. Johnson and Pearson held a news conference just before the President returned to Washing- Son but gave no hint of possible solutions to the Middle East crisis which they had discussed. Johnson said the talk covered "problems of peace in the world :oday," including the Middle East situation and the Vietnam cussed "the very dangerous and difficult international situa- on." Neither gave any details. France earlier this week pro- See MEET on Page 2 BULLETIN BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Egypt has achieved its objectives in its military confrontation with Israel and if there is to be war Israel will have to start it, the semiofficial Egyptian newspaper AI Ah- ram of Cairo said today. A full-page editorial written by Mohamed Hassunicn Heikal, who often reflects the political thinking of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, said Egypt had frustrated what he called an Israeli plan to attack Syria and bad accomplished a blockade of Israeli shipping in the Gulf of Aqaba. "Egypt finds itself compelled at this stage to stop at what it has accomplished so far, even if this means that we wait to receive a blow from Israel," Heikal wrote. "Leet Israel start. This will be followed by a second blow on our side which will be the death blow.".. •iiuiniiiiiiiiiniiiiiiininiiniiniiiuiniinnniiDii .1 FALL TARGET DATE — Work is underway at the ?5 million soybean processing plant being built at San Souci, about four miles south of Osceola. Owned by Anderson, Clay- ton & Co., the plant Is expected to be operational this fall and will employ about 100 persons. It will have marine, truck and rail facilities. (Courier News Photo) Americans Harrying Oat of Middle East Evacuation Deadline Near By ROY ESSOYAN BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — American families hurried out of the tense Middle East today as the big powers worked to avert an Arab-Israeli war, the Arabs continued to threaten and iiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii 1 ON THE INSIDE Page Fourteen U.S. aid has poured into the Middle East. Arab-Israeli war would not seriously supply. affect Europe's oil Laws governing campaign financing are out of date. An analysis by James Marlow. Draft deferment extensions for undergraduates passes in stormy Home session. Phillips May Get Hospital Contract Apparent low bidder for the projected additions and renovations to the Pemiscot Count;' Memorial Hospital at Hayti is Phillips Construction Company of Osceola, according to Jack Tipton, hospital administrator. However, adds Tipton, officials still have several days before they are required to assign the final contract and there are adjustments which must be made before the formal award can be let. In the opinion o administrators, said Tipton, all bids were high. After the Pemiscot authorities have awarded the contract, it must be submitted to Jefferson city for final approval, he added. The total project will cost over $1 million, said Tipton, with approximately $400,000 being needed for work on the existing hospital and the balance for new construction. New facilities wl Iconsist of a 30-bed addition, an operating room, a boiler room and a laundry. Work is expected to bagin in June, with a year and a half being estimated to complete the new construction and six months needed for the renovations. A bond issue will provide $400,000 for the work, and tne Federal government is to make up the balance. U.N. Secretary-General U Thant prepared a report on his peace mission to Cairo. A dozen families from the U.S. Embassy in Israel left Tel Aviv Thursday night for Rome after the State Department ordered all dependents of U.S. diplomats to leave Israel and Egypt within 48 hours. The evacuation also started from Cairo. More than 500 women and children were covered by the order. In Ottawa, a Canadian government informant said President Johnson told Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson at their conference Thursday he may propose a Big Four summit conference if U.N. efforts for peace in the Middle East do not succeed. U Thant returned to New York Thursday night after talks with President Gamal Abdel Nasser and other Egyptian officials. He was expected to report Egypt's position to the Security Council this weekend and ask what should be done next. Nasser reportedly agreed to revival of the U.N.-Egyptian- Israeli armistice commission but not to withdraw his forces from the Israeli frontier or to lift the blockade he has proclaimed against Israeli shopping in the Gulf of Aqaba. Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban arrived in Washington, hoping to learn from President Johnson what the United States intends to do to open the Gulf if diplomatic efforts fail to end the blockade. The waterway is Israel's only direct route to East Africa and Iranian oil. The Soviet Union, while backing the Arabs, was believed working quietly and independently to prevent war in the Middle East. After British Foreign Secretary George Brown met with Kremlin leaders, British authorities indicated the Soviets brought up the Vietnam war as a major obstacle to holding any Big Four talks on the Arab-Jewish confrontation. Two London newspapers said today that Britain is assembling a naval task force off Aden with orders to stand by for a possible operation to keep the Gulf of Aqaba open to Israeli shipping. A spokesman for the British Ministry of Defense declined to comment beyond noting Wednesday's announcement that British warships in the Mediterranean were on standby alert. The Syrian pealed to all government nations "to consider the very existence of the state of Israel" as the only CLOSE SHAVE CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex.; (AP)—David Minnick com-1 plied with a school edict < and almost got jailed. Minnick, 15, was one of J a group of boys sent home < I from Tom Browne Junior I ; High School to get a hair-; • cut. The barber gave him a • ; regular haircut Thursday, ', • but then his neighbors ; didn't recognize him and < thought a stranger was bur- < ; glarizing the Minnick home. ' Four squad .cars answer-; ' ed the burglary call. "Hey, I live here!" the ; 5 boy said as he was being < ! led from the house. Neighbors, after a closer '. jloqk realized their mis- > take. David was set free. Mrs. Ellis' Rites Held in Osceola OSCEOLA - Mrs. N. B. Ellis Sr. died in Little Rock this morning. She was the widow of N. B. Ellis Sr. of Wilson. She leaves two sons, N. B. Ellis, Jr. of Murray, Ky., and John Ellis of Driver, Ark.; Services will be announced by Swift Funeral Home of Osceola. way to re-establish peace in tha Middle East. The Syrian statement and a story in the semiofficial Cairo newspaper Al Ahram both blasted the United States, with A! Ahram contending that U.S. support of Israel is driving American-Arab relations to a "point of no return." It listed that it called demands by U.S. Ambassador Richard Nolte, including return of the U.N. Middle East force, free navigation in the Gulf Aqa- ba and withdrawal of Egyptian troops from the Israeli frontier. The paper quoted Nolte, though, as saying these were merely U.S. views and not demands. Three freighters—Russian, French and East German- sailed unchecked past Egyptian guards along the Strait of Tiran, the entrance to the gulf, but they went to the Jordanian port of Aqaba Thursday, authorities said. The Aqaba port director, Fahed Awamleh, said all three had passed through the Suez Canal, from which freighters with cargo for Israel are barred. Aqaba is just across the narrow gulf from the Israeli port of Elath. An Israeli army spokesman denied a Cairo radio report that a unit of the Palestine Liberation Army in the Gaza Strip fired at an intruding Israeli patrol and forced it back into Israel Wednesday night. He said no Israeli patrol tried to enter the strip and there was no clash. He said two explosive charges were detonated Thursday in central Israel near the Jordanian border but there was See EAST on Page t Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy and continued warm through Saturday. A few showers and thundershowers west late Saturday. Low tonight 50s and Hfti.

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