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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, June 8, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS YOU 68-NO. TT BLXTHBVILLB, ARKANSAS (T2815) THURSDAY, JUNK 8,1967 14 PAGES TIN CENTS PISH POOft — Automobiles and trucks were crowded all along the narrow levee road around Mallard Lake yesterday for the fish-kill conducted by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Many who attended were in small boats, while others scooped fish from the bank. The Commission intends to restock the lake with game fish as soon as the chemical used yesterday has dissipated to a safe level. Some forward- looking entreprisers had set up a concession stand and were doing a brisk trade in soft drinks, thanks to the beaming sun. (Courier News Photo) WEARY EGYPTIANS HARRY ISRAELIS end of the canal. The Israeli government announced its forces had taken :0 us lorues iwu umcu , Israel's Jordan's Hebron Hills i?"™™ resistance to Israeli troops in the western Sinai Desert today, but a cease-fire prevailed on the Jordanian front. The Israelis over sai., Mey had seized all of; sol ,th of Jerusalem and reached ... , Palestine west of the Jordan | the Dead Sea. Earlier they had ^ raeu lroops K ver and tiie Dead Sea, extend- j reported capture of the Jordani- ing their boundary to that of! an Du ig e north of Jerusalem and pre-1948 Palestine. | we st of the Jordan River. But Aviv categorically denied that any Israeli troops were on the banks of the canal despite a re- the U.N. Wednesday night that in Algiers ihip to take plane* The U.S. Embassy ordered the 841 Americans in Algeria to leave. Lebanon was the latest government to show its displeasure with the Western powers but Although the Israelis accepted! Old Jerusalem, despite its cap- Jordan's offer of a cease-fire, j lure Wednesday, was still out of Egypt vowed to fight on despite a second truce call from the U.N. Security Council. An Israeli army spokesman said Egyptian and Israeli infan- from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, try units were still fighting at 1 T -—" '"'"'" h " M Vo " ""'" bounds to all civilians because some isolated pockets of snipers remained, and some sniping also was reported on the road Bir Gif Gafa, about 45 miles east of the Suez Canal on the central highway through Sinai. He reported the Israelis were also meeting tough resistance at Israeli forces held key points in vast stretches of Egypt's Sinai Desert including eastern approaches to the Suez Canal and Israel's main objjective: Sbarm el Sheikh overlooking the had entered Is- j stopped short of a break in rcla- mailia, at the midpoint of the tions. Instead it ordered me canal. British and American ambassa- Major Gen. Moshe Dayan, the dors out of Beirut and said it Israeli defense minister, told was recalling its ambassadors 'rom London and Washington. Seven other countries broke relations with the United States: !gypt, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Ail- ;eria, Sudan and Mauritania The wholesale break stemmed rom an Egyptian charge that ne—Wedrday: It is not Mop-Up May Slow Israeli Offensive By FRED S. HOFFMAN WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. military analysts say Israeli army supply lines might be dangerously overextended if its armored columns push across the Suez Canal and deeper into Egypt. Although Israli spearheads may extend 180 miles from the Israeli border, analysts here do not consider supply and communication links strained or exposed. But U.S. experts said Israeli tank and infantry brigades must stop soon to mop up remnants of the Egyptian army believed scattered behind them all across the rugged, arid Sinai. This cleaning up is essential to secure an uninterrupted flow Q* gasoline, oil, ammunition drinking water and food to forward combat elements. Isaeli columns hurtled toward, the Suez Canal along a few paved roads and many rough desert tracks. Following behind the tanks, armored infantry halftracks and self-propelled artillery after the way is clear are convoys of trucks — many of them civilian vehicles driven by their army reservist owners. They bear the stuff to feed and power the advancing columns. Israeli doctrine features fast- moving offense as the basic tactic from the. outset of the war, and the supply units are organized to keep pace. American officers said it would be risky for the Israelis to carry their offensive across the Suez Canal and deep into Egypt. They noted that, unlike the sparsley populated Sinai, the routes leading to Cairo psss through increasingly populous country. In such a hostile populated area, the Israelis would have to leave behind forces to guard their ever-lengthening lines of communication and supply. Thy also would have to position forces to defend their bridgehead across the canal or the Gulf of Suez, and this would weaken spearhead elements in the face of probable stiffening resistance. Cairo can be reached from two directions on fairly good roads — one extending about 130 miles from the head of the Gulf of Suez and the other about 140 miles from Ismailia, an Egyptian city astride the canal. A move to Cairo would nearly double the distance supplies would have to travel from the Israeli border to advance combat units. The Israelis have been credited with one enormous advantage — air superiority which will spare their supply columns from strafing or bombing. U.S. military authorities said supply links to Israeli forces at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula well over 100 miles from Elath, on the Gulf of Aqa- ba, are probably secure already. Egyptian forces are reported to have pulled back from that sector toward the other side of the Suez Canal. U.S. military professionals anticipated Israeli armor and infantry would carry their offensive as far as the east bank of the Suez Canal but would not go beyond. U.S. military men who have studied reports from attaches and other American repesenta- tives in the Middle East say they now believe the Israelis were pretty close to the mark in claiming dstruction of more than 400 Arab airplanes in the opening stages of the war. There still is no accurate estimate here of the number of tanks destroyed or captured by the Israelis. Some American officers said they thought the Israeli claim of See EAST on Page 3 City Will Host Letter Carriers About 300 delegates, wives and childien began -iving in Blytheville today to attend the annual co. ition of t" . Arkansas Letter Carriers Association. The convention opens .tomorrow when featured speakers wil 1 bf> two direc'ors in the National Association of Letter Carr j ers _ John Swanson of Rockford, HI., and Glenn Hodges of Dallas; The Post Office Department also will provide speakers for the business sessions which will al-i will ,..:vide speakers for two days in Arkansas-Missouri Power Company's new o f f i c e i.. J'"';s, a regional Postal Service official from St. Louis, will be on the program. V/i-.s -* the Delegates will be holding meetings of the Arkansas Letter Carriers Auxil- Algerians Get New Squadrons of MIGs ALGIERS (API-Several new squadrons of Algerian MIGs arrived Wednesday at an Egyptian air base, Radio Algiers reported today. JC Banquet June 10 The Blytheville Jaycees will have their installation banquet Saturday, June 10, beginning at 7 p.m. in the clubroom on Second Street. Admission is $1.50 per person Chairman is Harold Gestring. iary in the Mississippi County Ruial Electric Cooperative Building on North Broadway. A banquet for delegates and their wives will be held Friday night at the Holiday Inn. Officers will be elected Saturday afternoon. Bill Hrabowsky of Blyiheville is current president of the state group. OEO NowHas New Location An increasing staff led the Mississippi County Office OJ Economic Opportunity to relocate its headquarters Monday, according to Gary Jumper, director. OEO moved from its Walnut street office to the old Ark-Mo Power annex at 108 South 5th, Jumper said. "Our staff now numbers about 20 workers and we just needed more room. We also moved the Neighborhood Youth Corps headquarters from its location on North 6th, so that now we're all together," he Dorothy Parker Dies NEW YORK (AP) - Dorothy Parker, the short story writer and poet whose reputation for the sharp retort made her a leg- «nd, is dead at 73. She died Wednesday in her Manhattan hotel room. She had been in frail health in recent years and her death was attributed to natural causes. There VI no lurvivori. Mission Sees Victory Near Mississippi County Union Mission has ^one past the "'000 mark in its campaign to retire - $5,000 note on the t" -'-in building. "Vi' '.ory Is getting real close and people have been very kind. Now, with just another bit of effort we can successfully conclude this," Mission Supt. Paul Kirkindall reported this norning. The Mission needs S988 to meet its $5,000 goal. "We still hope to have a note- burning ceremony on June 25," Kirkindall said. The Missian mailing address is PO Box 1181, BlytV.9vUli, Dateline June 8 CAIRO (AP) — Three air raid alerts sounded in Cairo today as the capital buzzed with rumors. Radios blared news of headlong Israeli advance and called on Egyptians to keep fighting. Columns of Egyptian troops were observed in Hie vicinity of Cairo Airport, presumably to reinforce positions guarding runways and installations. An Egyptian resident of the western suburb of Helicoplis said several planes landed at the aiprort during an Israeli air raid. The planes apparently were bringing in fresh troops. WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say it may take years to rebuild relations with the Arab states after the Israeli-Arab war. How to handle this task is one problem facing President Johnson's new Cabinet-level committee on the Middle East, to which the President has assigned the over-all job of mapping plans for a permanent peace between the Arab states and Israel. Johnson created the commitee Wednesday, disclosing he had called back McGeorge Bundy, his former special assistant, from private life to serve as executive secretary of the group. Secretary of State Dean Rusk is chairman. # WASHINGTON (AP) — The general who headed Marines fc Vietnam for two years has heaped new praise on the M16 rifle. But the lightweight, fast-firing weapon continues to come under fire in Congress. Lt. Gen. Lewis W. Walt called the M16 the "finest weapon we have" and cited a low rate of malfunctions—one for every 10,500 rounds fired— in speaking Wednesday at a Pentagon news conference. But in the House, Rep. Clarence D. Long read a letter he said was from a career Army officer in Vietnam who called the rifle "both worthless and dangerous." NEW YORK (AP) — Should every woman be a blonde? No, says an advertisement in a Negro publication. The ad was written for Clairol Inc., a hair coloring maker which often shows a fair-haired woman in its advertisements, on the advice of an "ethic group" marketing specialist. The firm's specialist is among a growing number of Negroes hired by large corporations to help them win Negro customers for their products. Advertising agencies also are adding "ethnic group" spe- calists to their staffs. More Negros are opening their own public relations firms. And what is claimed to be tho first all-Negro advertising agency has just set up shop on Madison Avenue. WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans, joined by conservative Southern Democrats and a sprinkling of antiwar libreals, dealt President Johnson a surprise defeat in reject- IBS bis bid t* taiM ttM national debt wiling $Z> billion. Jets Pound MIG Field By GEORGE MCARTHUR SAIGON (APJ-U.S. Navy carrier pilots thrust deep into North Vietnam Wednesday to damage a major MIG airfield badly and leave a secret Red missile base a cauldron of flames and uncontrollable rockets snaking skyward and across the ground. The U.S. Command also reported increased ground action after a four-day lull in the war in the South. There were two sharp fights near the demilitarized zone, another near Saigon and a handful of guerrilla raids including the destruction of a 200-foot bridge 10 miles from Saigon. The weekly casualty report from the U.S. Command hit a six-week low for American losses but both South Vietnamese and enemy losses increased over the week before. The command said 214 Americans and 2,420 Communists were killed in action last week, while the South Vietnamese reported 235 of their troops killed. The big raid on the secret site housing Soviet-built missiles was made by pilots from the nuclear-powered carrier Enterprise after aerial photos disclosed the highly camouflaged base hidden in a forest 50 miles southwest of Hanoi. Waves of Phantom, Skyhawk and Intruder jets flashed into the area with bombs, rockets and cannon fire. Pilots reportec the site erupted in explosions ol white, orange and black smoke towering 5,000 feet up. The narrow 40-foot missiles which pilots call "flying telephone poles" sometimes went slithering off violently when blown from their vehicles. "One jumped Into an open area, slithered around, then blew up," one pilot said. Other pilots' reports read "They were burning and slither Ing around on tht ground. Great aim to get to Suez Canal. Why go there nd get involved in something iat is not our business?" Apparently digging in for the retracted negotiations that are :ertain to follow the end of the jg SAMs curling all over the lace. Our bombs set off one >AM in a big puff of orange moke and it went Whistling of into the woods." The Navy reported at least line of the big carriers for the missiles were destroyed and each one was loaded. One radar /an was also destroyed. The other big raid of the day was against the Kep MIG air- ield 37 miles northeast of Hanoi )n the main rail line to Red China. Although the field had been lit six times previously, the Vorth Vietnamese air force is till using it, and the Navy pi- ots said they caught seven MIGs on the ground, destroyed one and damaged at least four lore. Despite the deep penetration raids, there was no report of !omunist MIGs rising to chal- enge the U.S. planes. Neither was there any report of American losses. Although the weather remained spotty over the north, U.S. pilots flew 112 strike missions to bombard supply targets along the coast. The heaviest ground fighting erupted in the wild ridgelines jelow the western flank of the demilitarized zone dividing Vietnam. A patrolling force of about 150 U.S. Marines clashed with about 300 North Vietnamese regulars in a running five-hour series of firefights 5 miles, northwest of Khe Sanh. Supported by helicopters and artillery and finally reinforced by another Marine platoon, the Leathernecks drove the Reds from the field just be- for sundown. The casualties: 63 North Vietnamese dead, Marines killed and 27 Marines wounded. To the east, other Marines reported killing four Communis troops after a platoon on patro ^countered a North Vietnam See VIETNAM OB Plgt I ighting, the Israeli government amed Brig. Gen. Haim Herzog ommander of its troops in the rea taken from Jordan and Gen. Moshe Goren to command he Gaza Strip and the northern iinai Peninsula. Gen. Dayan told newsmen srael would not give up any jart of Jerusalem and would naintain its right of passage hrough the Gulf of Aqaba, its oute to East Africa, Asia and he oil it gets from Iran. The U.N. Security Council met in New York and passed a second cease-fire resolution, calling for a halt in fighting by 4 p.rn. EST Wednesday. Israel announced its willingness to stop fighting if the Arabs also stopped. Late Wednesday night Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban notified the Security Council that a truce with Jordan had taken effect at the deadline set by the council. But Jordan was the only Arab belligerent to break ranks. A senior Egyptian government spokesman in Cairo declared: "Egypt will fight on." Algiers Radio, ignoring Jordan's action, said all the Arab countries involved in the fight had refused to accept the cease-fire and stiil had faith in victory. Iraq also rejected the U.N. truce call. After announcing Wednesday that its forces in Sinai had fallen back to their second line of defense, the Arab High Command claimed today that its planes had wiped out an Israeli armored unit advancing on coastal road behind El Arish and resistance inside El Arish was continuing. El Arish, only 30 miles inside Sinai from Israel, fell to the Israels on Monlay, and the Israeli drive since las been reported far west of it. The mood in Cairo was one of lullen despondency alternating with optimism at the occasional radio claims of local successes ind the proclamations of de- iance. Arrivals from the Suez area old of hundreds of Egyptian army trucks streaming westward and none going east. The Sgyptian capital bristled with roops and some army units were reported digging in along U.S. and British planes had attacked Egypt and Jordan during 'he first day of fighting Monday; Cairo Radio had said King Hussein of Jordan told Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser the planes were detected on Jordanian radars, but qualified sources in the British Embassy in Amman and in the Jordanian government said Hussein's government had informed the U.S. and British embassies Wednesday that no British or American planes had been observed over Jordanian territory during the fight. The U.S. and British governments denied the Egyptian charge repeatedly, calling it a malicious fabrication. Today fre Egyptian Communique charged that Egyptian troops had observed three U.S. Air Forte planes heading south this morning to "undertake reconnaissance operations for Israel." 'ope Makes Appeal VATICAN CITY (AP)- Pops aul VI appealed today to the liefs of state of warring na- ons of the Middle East "in le name of God" to heed the equest of the United Nations or a cease-fire. The Pope's message was sent o the chiefs of state of Israel, le United Arab Republic, Joran, Syria and Iraq. he eastern Nile Valey, 40 miles east of the Suez Canal. Israel was silent about the situation on the Syrian front, on p.ortiieast, where Damascus tadio had claimed Wednesday tat Syrian forces were advancing through Israeli villages in northern Galilee. Today the Syrian radio claimed that Syrian guns shot down five Israeli bombers with :n half an hour in a battle that jegan at dawn. Americans continued to stream out of the Midde East in the wake of the widesprea; weak in diplomatic relations between Arab governments am the United States. A group of 62 arrived in Tehran from Iraq Nearly 300 from Lebanon got t Hussein Admits To Heavy Losses in War AMMAN, Jordan (AP)-Kini Hussein told a news conferenc today that Jordan is observin. a cease-fire after suffering "tremendous losses" due to Israel' overwhelming air superiority. He added that the Jordania armed forces fought against a most imposiiblt odds. Says Arkansas The'State Of The Future' If thD prea. '-ns of Col. Charles D. Maynard come to iass, the mid-South area ably Arkansas, will in the near uture become a capital of cjm- merce and prosperity. Colo-'l Mayj.ard, txe. itive assistant for the Arkansas- Louisiana Gas p irnpany, I- Iressed yesterday's noon meet- ng of the Kiwanis Club at the :0ff Hotel. Part of the -eason for t'..« colonel's optimism is that he orsees reversing of , a s t rends regarding economic growth. For years, he iaid, tij growth of the nation was spread around ''•e coasts, starfi j .in the east, moving to the mid- vest, and ultimately terminat- ng on the west coast. The mid-South, he concluded must therefore benefit from. a jack-lash of what has gone be- : ore. But for this to come about, ,he "state of the future," as le termed Arkansas, must generate a heatlhy climate for industry and prosperity. Arkansas has the native labor to sustain industry, Maynard indicated, 'oat these workers must ae skilled to a level useable-to manufacturing. Toward this end, the vocational and technical schools must look 10 to 20 years to the future to anticipate the needs of commerce. -u Weather Forecast : ;.'U' Partly cloudy and warm through Friday with chance .-.of showers and a few thunderstorms northwest porttoa tonight and over the state Friday. LOW tonight M-72. ;.;:

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