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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOt. 63—NO. «3 BLXTHEVILLB, ARKANSAS (72315)' TUESDAY, MAY SO, 1967 12 PAGES TEN CENTS EGYPT ADAMANT IN AQABA BLOCK; ISRAEL PLEDGES TO BREAK IT WAR DRUMS POUND IN MIDDLE EAST TIME RUNNING OUT? Classically ttie cradle and crossroads of civilization, the Middle East in modern times has also been a cockpit of crisis. Chronic unrest dates back to World War I and the beginning of the return of the Jews to their long-lost homeland in Palestine, then under British mandate from the old League of Nations. The Palestine war which followed British withdrawal after World War II established Israel as an independent state but spawned Arab- Jewish enmity which has kept the Mideast in a state of half- war and at times threatened the world's peace. Today the cry in Egypt for a holy war against Israel has fanned war hysteria to a new height. • U.S. Shifts Viet Bombing By FRED S. HOFFMAN WASHINGTON (AP) American pilots are reported staying clear of targets in the Hanoi and Haiphong areas after 8 period of bombing of power plants, railroad bridges and other key facilities close to both cities. . This development follows indi- cations that President Johnson and some of his top advisers have been considering redirecting the air war. against North Vietnam to concentrate once again on communicatlos routes feeding the Communist forces in South Vietnam. The Defense Department declined comment on what it calls Dateline May 30 WASHINGTON (AP)-The nation's top military man said today the United States has .had to resort to arms in self- defense because "violence' has been the chosen means of nredator nations to gain their objectives." Gen Earle G. Wheeler, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said "some day, if men become'wiser, nations may learn to settle their disputes by employing reason, not violence." But unfortunately, Wheeler added, "such a'world has not existed up to this tune." # CHICAGO (AP) — Traffic deaths during the nation's extended Memorial Day weekend swelled today above the most recent four-day observance of the holiday and appeared headed toward the preholiday estimate of 650 to 700. The hourly toll, however, was running behind last year's three-day observance when a record high or the holiday was recorded. # ROME (AP)—The European Common Market leaders failed today to find agreement on any of the major problems at their summit conference. They set a foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium for June 6 to discuss British entry and membership of a combined Common Market executive and called for yet another summit conference before the end of the year to deal with political unity. ^r SHAMOKIN DAM, Pa. (AP)-The explosion which ripped apart Shooter's Paradise gun shop here Monday claimed a seventh life today. .,.,., Willliam K. James, 24, of Harrisburg, died before dawn in the nearby Sunbury Community Hospital. James was a customer who had been blown out the window by the blast. Seven other persons were injured, one seriously. & COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)-A high-ranking career medical officer in the U.S. Army has told a military judge that a jail sentence for Capt. Howard B. Levy, a doctor, would have a harmful effect on physicians drafted into the Army. Levy, 30, a dermatologist, is on trial before a 10-man court-martial panel for refusing to train Green Beret aidmen or medics in the basics of treating skin diseases. He also is charged with promoting disloyalty and disaffection among U.S. troops through his outskoken opposition to the war in Vietnam. rules of engagement. i There was no indication how ong the targets close to Hanoi and Haiphong might remain off imits. Sources said many new restrictions could be removed on short notice if conditions warranted. Any easing of the air war would likely be opposed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other senior military leaders, who believe maximum pressure should be brought against all possible targets in North, Vietnam. Sources said there actually are few military targets left untouched in and around Hanoi and Haiphong, except two major MIG bases near Hanei and the harbor of Haiphong. The Joint Chiefs long have 'avored striking hard at all the WIG fields and either mining ;he approaches to Haiphong or jombmg the docks over which an estimated two-thirds of North Vietnam's imports flow. A vital thermal power plant 1.1 miles from the center of Hanoi was reported by government sources to have been knocked out. The North Vietnamese MIG force was reported to be fewer than 100 planes, many of them based at Phucyen and Giam Lqam, which have so far been spared bombing. Both are close la Hanoi. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii' Weather Forecast Partly cloudy to cloudy through Wednesday with widely scattered showers and thunderstorms. Continued warm. Low tonight mostly in the 60s. High Wednesday 84 to 94. 'iniiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiniiiiix Replacement aircraft were said to be available to the North Vietnamese at seven Chinese airfilds but it was believed the North Vietnamese are not anxious to bring down these planes and expose them to possible destruction on the ground. U.S. reconnaissance pilots, il was said, have reported that the North Vietnamese have been using dummy aircraft in some cases in an apparent attempt to fool American bombers. U.S. bombing in North Vietnam in recent days, sources said, has concentrated on railroad lines stretching northwest and northeast of Haoi, on army barracks, and troop training areas— all more than 20 miles outside of Hanoi and Haiphong Another area of concentration for American bombers was sai( to be the pan handle section stretching down to the buffer zone separating North am South Vietnam. The sources said U.S. war planes have caught and maulec truck convoys numbering many as 50 vehicles and tha Navy aircraft have shot up as many as 25 to 30 Communis boats in the waters off the pan handle, a main avenue of sup plies to Communist troops in South Vietnam. By HANS BENEDICT JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel said today it would "undergo every sacrifice" to reopen the Gulf o( Aqaba to all ships. Foreign Minister Abba Eban made the Israeli pledge at a news conference a few hours after the semi-official Cairo newspaper Al Ahram reported that a Liberian-American tanker was barred from the gulf early Monday by a warning shot from an Egyptian patrol boat. But the U.S. State Department said it knew of no such ship in the area. Eban said Israel will "have nothing to do with any suggestion or arrangement which provides that all ships can go through and Israeli ships cannot." Free transit of the gulf—the route for Israel's oil supply—is a "vital national interest which will under no circumstances be surrendered or abandoned . . . and on which our nation stakes all it has and will undergo every sacrifice," Eban declared. Referring to his talks last week with officials in Washington, London and Paris, Eban said it had "become clear that other powers are prepared to make common cause with us for the restoration of the situation." The foreign minister also cited the Egyptian trop buildup in the Sinai Desert, on Israel's outhwest border, and said 1s- ael had responded with the uildup of its own forces which « "at least corresponding to le Egyptian measures." Egyptian President Gamal \bdel Nasser claimed Soviet upport for his blockade of the ulf, the sole outlet for the Is- aeli port of Elath and the main oute for Israel's oil imports. In Jerusalem, Premier Levi 3shkol told Israel's parliamenl le expects the big Western pow- TS to make a combined effort o keep Hie gulf open for international shipping without discrimination. The United States and Britain urged the U.N. Security Counci o ask all sides in the mounting dispute to shun belligerence anc stressed their belief that the Egyptian blockade was a belligerent act. Al Ahram did not identify he tanker which it said was of American ownership and Liberian registry. It said it was intercepted by an Egyptian torpedo mat patrol as it approachec :rom the Red Sea. The paper gave this account Arclights picked out the ves sel before dawn as it neared the three-mile entrance to the gull and me American captain was ordered to turn back. The captain ignored the order. | us in this struggle and will not He was warned that if he con-; allow any other countries to in- tinued into the gulf, three j terfere until things return to the warning shots would be fire be-1 same status as they were in fore a fourth was aimed at the; 1956." tanker. His reference to the 1956 stat- I A single warning shell was us obviously meant the return of fired and me vessel altered Egyptian shore guns to Sham course, steaming back into the: el Sheik , overlooking the Strait Red Sea. jof Tiran, which the Israelis The State Department said to • seized in the 1956 Suez war. The the best of its knowledge there' Israelis later turned the position are no tankers of U.S. owner-!over to the U.N. Middle East ship and Liberian registry in the j force, but Nasser took it back area. It added that "there are when U.N. Secretary-General U no ships of U.S. registry in that vicinity." It was the first report of a icrchant vessel being turned ack since Nasser on May 22 reclaimed a blockade of the trait of Tiran, the entrance to he gulf and Israel's only direct ccess to the Red Sea and the ndian Ocean. Nasser told members of his ational Assembly he had re- eived a message from Soviet remier Alexei N. Kosygin that he Soviet Union "stands with SeMo's DAEOC Seeks Director HAYTI - On June 15, the board of directors of the Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation (DAEOC) is to meet to review applications for the post of director. Robert Edwards, chairman of the board, called the meeting after H. Frank (Bill) Clare, present director, announced his intention to resign to become a superintendent of s c h • o 1 s at Trenton, 111. Applicants will be tought through advertisements and should have a master's degree and some administrative exper ience, Edwards said. Funds for the Head Start pro gram in the area are to b granted, according to Edwards although, he said, it is doubtfu that the money will be dis bused through DAEOC. In the opinion of the Kansa City Regional Office of Economic Opportunity, DAEOC, because of its internal disputes is unable to effectively adminis- tert he Head Start program. SAIGON (AP) - U.S. Air orce Thunderchief jets at- acked one of North Vietnam's major MIG bases again today, ratering the runway and iwarting Red efforts to get the eld back in operation. The raid on the Hoa Lac air- ield 20 miles west of Hanoi was le ninth since it was first hit \pril 24. Ground action was generally ght, enabling most American Kelly Bryant Is Kiwanis Speaker Arkansas' secretary of state Kelly Bryant, is scheduled tc featured speaker at tomor row's noon meeting of the Ki wanis Club at the Goff Hotel. State Rep. Walter Day wil be program chairman, accord ing to Joe Warren, club presi dent. The topic Bryant will discus has not been announced. Build Cotton Office HAYTT - A ?160,000 federa cotton classing office and lab oratory is being built in Hayti Located at the junction Highway 61 and State Route 84 the 8,700 - square - foot buildin will replace the present facil; ty on Third Street in Hayti. iiiiiiiiinmiiiiniraiiiiiiidniiBiffliiiimiiNraiiiiwiiiiHiiin ON THE INSIDE Page Five The U. S. clings to the silen treatment on the Middle Eas Officials are hoping secret lomacy will succeed. Starting with the Game an Fish Commission, Gov. Win throp Rockfeller begins askin for resignations. The Peace Corps eyes eoUeg campuses for new recruits. Thant withdrew the force last week. Nasser's announcement of Soviet support and reports of a 40-minute gun duel between Israelis and Arabs in the Gaza Strip sent war fever soaring in Cairo. A rally of thousands organized by the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Arab Socialist Union, Egypt's only political party, shouted demands for a holy war against Israel. "On to Tel Aviv!" the crowd roared. "Aqaba waters ar» Arab waters!" and "This is the day of revenge!" Mecca radio announced that Saudi Arabian troops had taken up positions along the Gulf of Aqaba to support the "united Arab front." Saudi Arabia owns the eastern shore of the gulf and the west shore is Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Israel and Jordan have access at the northeastern tip of the gulf. Eshkol told Israel's parlia- jment that his government was deeply impressed by the un- i equivocable attitude of the United States for free navigation ol the Gulf of Aqaba. He said Foreign Minister Eban had been assured of this stand in talks with President Johnson in Washington last week. British Prime Minister Harold Wilson had given Eban similar assurances, Eshkol added. "Also, other maritime powers have informed us about their willingness to give useful sup- See EAST on Page 2 MIG Airfields Hit By GEORGE MCARTHUR i Quonset chapels built during the ---- "- " nits to hold Memorial Day at least brief services. Some past year. The deputy Army commander n Vietnam, Lt. Gen. Bruce Palmer Jr., messaged American roops: "The American soldier 3 fighting and dying in Vietnam n the same selfless way he has 'ought and died in other wars on distant battlefields. We who are 'ortunate enough to be alive owe an everlasting debt of pride and atitude to our fallen comrades. They shall not be forgotten." U.S. jf the larger units dedicated Crash Kills Cville Marine HOLLY RIDGE, N.C. (AP) Two marines stationed at near- jy Camp LeJeune Marine base were killed over the weeknd when their car collided head-on- with a Louisiana family's automobile. Killed were Sgt. Leroy Wilson 21, of Caruthersville, Mo., and Sgt. Paul A. Crabtree, 24, of Camp LeJeune. Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Woodrow Wilson of Velle C h a s s e, La., and their 9-year-old daughter, Valarie, were taken to James Walker Memorial Hospital at Wilmington in satisfactory condition. Investigating officers said the car in which the Marines were riding swerved into the left lane of U.S. 17, smashing hea'd-on into the other car. The spokesman said 120 mis- ilons were flown over North Vietnam Monday, again concen- .rating on road, rail and water .raffic from the Hanoi area south to the border. The Navy said one strike hit Red shore batteries near Thanh Hoa that were shelling Navy destroyers off the coast. There was no report of which ships were involved or whether any were hit. Scattered ground fighting was reported in the, Meking Delta, See VIETNAM on Page 2 military headquarters said initial reports of the Hoa Lac raid indicated the field was again made unusable. Returning pilots said antiaircraft fire around the field was heavy but no North Vietnamese MIGs rose to challenge the raiders. A spokesman said the raiders , , , - . . . flew through generally clearing taken for postmaster at Armor- M», in fhP Hanni-Hainhnne i e1 ' according to the U.S. Civil Seek Armorel Postmaster June 20 applications will be in Liie nanui-nctipnuiig t ' . „ . . which has been covered Serv.ee Commission. area, by clouds for the past few days. He declined to comment on a report from Washington that raids have been diverted, at least temporarily, from the Hai- phong- Hanoi area to supply routes to the Communist forces in South Vietnam. However, no significant strikes have been made inside or very close to the two major North Vietnamese cities since just before the I'e- hour truce May 23 for Buddha's birthday. Since then a major effort has been made against the rail lines north from Hanoi to Red China and against supply lines south to the 17th Parallel dividing Vietnam. Qualifications for the $5,697 post include: 1) One year of experience, (Education above high school level may be substituted for six months of experience). 2) Ability to meet and deal effectively with tbe public. 3) The applicant must be between 18 and 70 years of age. t) Applicants must have lived within the delivery of the Post Office for one year. Those interested may contact the Armorel Post Office. Applications must be filed with the Commission at Washington, D. C., Zip Code 20415, and must be received or postmarked not later than June 20. Man Claims to Be Oldest US Citizen By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) — Sylvester Magee, who says he marked his 126th birthday Monday, pointed to the blue sky above and mused: 'The reason I've lived so long is because I believe in the Man upstairs." Born a slave, Magee claims to be the oldest man in the United States. He says his birthdate was recorded in a family Bible as May 29, 1841, at Carpet, N.C. The Bible was destroyed three years ago in a fire. And there are no records to prove Magee's claim of fighting for th« Union during the Civil War. However, several historians researched Magee'* life and helped him convince the Veterans Administration to accept him for treatment as a Civil War veteran when the old Negro contracted double pneumonia last year. Magee looked back in wonder on the past year when he gave up women and took up smoking. "I'm just getting too old," he ; said with a wrinkled grin, i "Time was when I couldn't stay ! away from the women, but time' has caught up with me." Only last month his divorce from a 60-year-old wife was made final. Magee said his wife, Marie, deserted him in 1953 after bearing his one child, a girl born Sept. 3, 1950. According to his lawyer and unofficial guardian, Arlington Jones, Magee's pleasures today are smoking cigarettes and just walking in the sunshine over the pinetree-dotted hills of southern Mississippi. "He's always been a tobacco chewer," said Jones, "but It has only been recently that he's started smoking." The attorney said Magee actually looks younger now than he did two years ago because "his whiskers are falling out from his face." Magee, whose home is a cement block house surrounded by junked cars and appliances, thought of his long life and said: ; I don't drink any hard stuff, no. A little wine now and then maybe — grape, rasperry, you know — but no liquor." Remembering Bie days of his slavehood, Magee said: "Abraham Lincoln was the greatest man that ever walked this earth! Yes sir, God bless him! He freed me from Mister Hugh Magee!" It was during the 126th year of his life that Magee rode iri'iah airplane for the first time ,— from Mississippi to New York City. At that time, last February, he predicted he would live to be 170. Now he is not so sure. "I don't know," he said on his birthday. "The Master brought me this far. I know I'm going to go home when I leave here. I'm not going to hell! No sir!" '";

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