The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 23, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, June 23, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 83 BLXTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 1967 14 PACKS TIN CENTS A Week That Lacked Grace By JAMES MARLOW AP News Analyst WASHINGTON (AP) - This will be remembered as the week that lacked grace. All week the American and Soviet governments, like a couple of society matrons who didn't relish each other, couldn't make a move without their etiquette books. And for most of the week the delegates to the United Nations went through a heavy-footed waltz, solemnly pronouncing the obvious while they pondered and debated Moscow's request to brand Israel an aggressor against the Arabs. Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin, who came to New York for the U.N. meeting, and President Johnson had much to discuss, if they could get together, that affected the world, including Vietnam and the Middle East. We are in the midst of a great transition," Johnson said in his State of the Union message to Congress last January, a transition from narrow nationalism to international partnership." It would seem from all this that Johnson and Kosygin would have had no difficulty arranging to meet on this, their first close- up chance to do so. Johnson hasn't visited the Soviet Union as President and Kosygin hasn't been here before. But all week there was jockeying. Prestige was involved. Should Kosygin journey from New York to see Johnson here? Or should Johnson, who is flying out to California to make a speech tonight, make the short trip to New York to see Kosy- gin? Doing one or the other seems simple enough but diplomats learn not to be simple and John- Eon and Kosygin are always surrounded by diplomats. Johnson asked Kosygin to visit him in Washington. Kosygin said he was on a visit to the United Nations rather than to the United States but he left the door open for Johnson to visit him. The President reportedly was unwilling to lend his prestige to this session of the United Nations since the U.S. government considers it a Soviet gimmick to regain favor with the Arabs who felt let down when Moscow failed to support them in the war, as it said it would. The Arabs accused the United States of aiding Israel in the war. Kosygin apparently didn't want to irritate them all over again by what might have been regarded as a pilgrimage to Johnson. Just before Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev arrived in the United States in 1959 for his Camp David meeting with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Eisenhower went to Britain, France and West Germany to confer with the heads of gqvern- ment there and assure them this country was not going to make any separate deal with the Soviet Union. If Johnson and Kosygin met, while nobody expected them to solve all problems or even any ; they might have been able to start on a solution of some. If they did not meet they weren't helping that transition to international partnership which Johnson talked about in January. But for a week the two governments dawdled. Every day the White House was vague about a meeting and in New York Kosygin was equally blank. As late as noon Thursday the White House said no arrangements had been made. Finally, Thursday night came the announcement: The two men would meet each other halfway by having their session today in a New Jersey town called Glassboro. But that wasn't exactly halfway. By road Glassboro is only 105 miles from New York and 125 from Washington. But, since Kosygin wins by only 20 miles in this settlement, and diplomats haven't yet figured out prestige by the mile, they may be arguing for a century over who made a concession to whom in this case. Parents trying to raise their teen-age children to be both gracious and graceful probably will not be anxious to have them read the details of this particular bit of one-upmanship. And, since Johnson has to fly west for his speech tonight and Kosygin might be flying back to Moscow sometime today or tonight they are not likely to have time at Glassboro to say more than, It was nice knowing you." Meanwhile at the United Nations the diplomats who have had to listen to one-sided harangues all week probably won't have any more to say on their own than a bunch of cigar store Indians. Their governments will do their thinking for them. Dateline — June23 ~~ JACKSONVILLE, N. C. (AP) — Two huge troop-carrying Marine helicopters collided in flight at the New River Marine Air Facility today and reports said at least 20 were killed and a dozen injured. The helicopters, one a HUE1 and the other a CH53A "Sea Stallion," crashed at the end of a runway in a wooded area. The Sea Stallion was carrying Marine troopers on a routine training mission and was coming in for a landing, a base spokesman said. The other craft was practicing touch-and-go landing. The spokesman said the second craft apparently rose from the runway and struck the other helicopter in its belly. The dead were not identified, pending notification of relatives. It was the worst collision in the history of the New River Facility, converted some years ago into a helicopter training base. The facility is about four miles south of Jacksonville, home of the huge Camp Lejeune Marine station. BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Three women employes were killed and four were injured, one critically, in an explosion Thursday night at the Army ordnance plant near West Burlington. George Mathis, public relations officer said seven women working at the spot where the blast occurred about 10:50 p.m. were accounted for but only three injured could be identified. Other names were withheld pending notification of relatives. ATLANTA, Ga. (AP)—Stokely Carmichael, the outspoken "black power" advocate, and two of his associates were jailed overnight under $1,000 appeal bonds after their convictions Thursday of refusing to obey a police order to "move on" in racially troubled Dixie Hills. Attorney Howard Moore, representing the three, said he considered the bonds "a little out of line" with the $53 fine or 50 days in jail meted to each by Municipal Judge T. C. Little after he convicted them under a loitering statute. Th« trio was arrested last weekend in ths predominantly Negro apartment complex. Tha arrests were followed by four nights of violence in which one person was killed and several injured. It was climaxed by outbursts of gunfire Tuesday night. DELUXE ACCOMMODATIONS - Workers several days ago began repairs on the county jail here. Workers in the photograph are repairing the masonry on the roof which has begun to deteriorate. Repairs also will be made on the windows. The entire job is only expected to require several days and there are no plans at present for extensive work inside the building. (Courier News Photo) Family Planning Target Date July 1 Mississippi County's Office of Economic Opportunity hopes to see its new family-planning program in operation by July 1. Application for three program administrators are being taken at the OEO office at 106 S. Fifth. Application will be taken through June 27. Although there are two aspects to the program, providing medical services to barren par- ens who want children and giving advice and contraceptives to those who wish to limit the size of their families, it should be obvious that, as it applies to the poor, birth control will be of paramount concern. Those women who volunteer for the project will undergo a brief educational program before beginning the medical phase. They will be given a complete physical examination, including a Pap smear test for cancer detection. A fund for emergency hospitalization is available for those needing it. A physician will advise them on the best method of birth control. Contraceptive devices, principally intra-uterine inserts, will be provided without charge to indigent mothers. * * * The program is designed to include about 50 mothers, County OEO Director Gary Jumper explained. 'We see this' program as working with county and state Health Department family planning prrograms," he commented. The administrators of the program will be headquartered in the OEO offices. However, examination rooms will probably be set up elsewhere, Jumper Day Camp Set For Retarded A day camp for about 50 mentally retarded children will be held in Walker Park, July 17 to 21. Plans for the camp were announced Tuesday at a meeting of the Mississippi County chapter of the National Association for Retarded Children. Mrs. Dick J. White will be director, and Miss Mary Alexander will work with her. The camp will be open to children under the age of 14 who are already enrolled in special education classes in Mississippi County. * * . Activities will include Softball group games, crafts, films, pony rides and supervised free play- There will also be musical instruction. Moreover, a session for the trainable retarded will be held torn 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the camp. Transportation for children »ho live near Clear Lake Road, Robinson School and Y a r b r o will be provided. said. I The full-time director will be 'Details will be worked out I paid $625 per month. An assis- by the director and staff," he stated. tant director and a field resource aide also will be hired. City to Welcome Industrial Families Twelve families from the Chicago area arrive in Blythe> ville tonight for a weekend visit. They include key executives of the city's newest industry > which hopes to see its building at the industrial park com. pleted by fall. These families eventually will be located in Blythevillej ; and are being flown (to Memphis Municipal) by the parent > firm in order to see their new home. A brief reception will be held for them tonight and Mayor I Tom Little and other dignitaries will welcome them at a [ meeting at Arkansas-Missouri Power Company's offices to> morrow. They'll tour Blytheville, prior to a reception and dinner I at Blytheville Country Club tomorrow night. Sunday, they'll attend local churches, departing for Mem! phis airport at around noon. PSC to Hear Water Rate Case The Arkansas Public Service Commission has scheduled July 17 at 9:30 a.m. to formally hear arguments relative to the new rate schedule filed by Blytheville Water Co. Mayor Tom A. Little Jr. was notified yesterday of the date and time of the hearing. The Water Company filed a rate increase on April 4 but the Commission postponed setting a hearing until its staff had an opportunity to investigate the requested increase. Blytheville will offer no opposition to the rate, Little said today. City Council could have precluded the hearing, Little pointed out, had it adopted a resolution approving the rate increase However, the council, at its May meeting, refused to do this by a vote of 5-4. Neither did ttie Council enter a protest against the rate. Its inaction merely placed the matter before the PSC. Critics of the Council's May action have pointed out that the PSC can raise, as well as lower, rates at these hearings, the point being that Blytheville may get a higher water rate as a result of Council's failure to approve the,increase. 'iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ON THE INSIDE Page 3 LBJ, Kosygin end their 'diplomatic tennis' game as summit meet is finally agreed upon. President Johnson gives the Nugents • Large Ranch. The Senate Is snarled over Dodd case. IllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllUllilllllllllllllllllll Those five Council members who killed the resolution of approbation argued that, since it is the PSC's job to investigate and adjudicate rate claims, it should study the proposed increase as a matter of course. LBJ, Meets Kosygin In New Jersey By LEWIS GULICK GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) President Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin arrived in this small college town today for a summit meeting of the world's two superpowers on dangerous international tensions. The U.S. chief executive flew to Philadelphia and boarded a helicopter for the brief flight to Glassboro. Upon landing he and his party were transported by an eight-car motorcade the quarter of a mile to the home of the college, president, Thomas E. Robinson, whose Victorian-style parlor was chosen for the historic confrontation. The site for the summit was geographically almost equidistant from New York and Washington—135 miles from the U.S. capital and 111 from New York. The leaders of the two great nuclear powers were meeting one another half-way after days of suspenseful negotiations on a Big Two parley. While he waited for the Soviet leader to arrive, President Johnson talked with Gov. Rich ard J. Hughes of New Jersey. The President's expression was solemn as he waited the confrontation, a direct result of a special United Nations General Assembly meeting on the Middle East war. The Soviet premier's motorcade drew up near the mansion at 11:20 a.m., EOT, a half-hour after the President's party had arrived. President Johnson shook hands with Kosygin and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko. Both leaders smiled broadly. Johnson and Kosygin posed briefly for cameramen and the two entered Hollybush, about 23 minutes behind time for their scheduled meeting. Tight security ringed the house. Police were spaced about 30 feet apart to hold back thousands of curious who had gathered across the road from the mansion. Nearly every community in South New Jersey sent police to assist Secret Servicemen in the security operation. Johnson and Kosygin compromised, with each journeying about halfway between New York and Washington for their Pope Renews Celibacy Rule VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Paul VI today renewed the Roman Catholic Church's ancient rule of celibacy for its priests despite growing pressure for relaxation of. the ban on mar- iage. In an encylical letter of more than 13,000 words — the sixth of his four-year reign — the Pope said in the opening words: Priestly celibacy has been guarded by the Church for centuries as a brilliant jewel and retains its value undiminished even in our time when mentality arguments against celibacy and cited reasons for maintaining the rule. The encylical was titled in Latin sacerdotalis Celibatus" — priestly celibacy — its opening words. A circular letter to all the bishops of the Church, it was issued in the major modern languages as well. Pope Paul's stand was no surprise. Ever si"ce the intellectual and doctrinal ferment touched off by the 196245 Vatican Ecumenical Council, with its ideas of modernization and change, the Vatican has been I disturbed by priests abandoning 1 their calling to marry. Among the most noted cases was that of the Rev. Charles Davis, a brilliant 46-year-old British theologian who was an expert adivser at the Ecumenical Council. Amid great publicity he left the Church last December and married soon after. The Ecumenical Council reaffirmed celibacy as a benefit to the priesthood but said that the practice was not demanded by hood." An estimated 1,000 priests a year have been asking for release from their vows hi order to may — roughly ene out of evey 42 priests. In his encyclical the Pope took notice of piestl defections and called them lamentable." Our heart turns anxiously and with deep sorrow to these unfortunate priests who always remain our dearly beloved brothers and whose misfortune we keenly regret," he said. Their sad. taste and its consequences to priests and to others move some to wonder if celibacy is not in some way re- See POPE on Paje 2 11 a.m. appointment and lunch at Glassboro State College, in Ihis little town 15 miles south of Philadelphia. The White House said there was no agenda for the meeting but indicated the President planned to raise such issues as :he Middle East, Southeast Asia and Vietnam, the proposed treaty to check the spread of nuclear weapons, and the U.S. proposal to limit the U.S.-Soviet antiballisticmissile race. However, the Big Two meeting was expected to last little longer than two hours — Kosy- gin wanted to be back in New York by 3 p.m. — so there was small prospect of summit solutions today to basic East-West issue. Diplomats looked for less tangible results: —It is the first face-to-face meeting of the men on each end of the Washington-Moscow hot line. Even if they reached no substantive agreements, they might understand each other and the other's position better. — Those around the globe who look to the great powers for evl-. dence of their interest in avoiding conflict might feel reassured by the meeting. " l: At the last U.S. -Soviet summit, in Vienna in May 1961, President John F. Kennedy and Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev agreed on neutrality and independence for Laos. But they disagreed over Berlin, which became a crisis point later that year. ;The news that it was about t» become an historic site took thft people of Glassboro, like mbsji everyone else, by complete siifX prise. '' *•' "If I hadn't heard about it on the radio, I never would have known anything about it," said one of the town's 16 policemen. George Christian, White' House press secretary, said Johnson phoned New Jersey's' Democratic Gov. Richard J. Hughes Thursday afternoon; about a site after the secret talks with the Soviets indicated Kosygin would approve a midway meeting. .. See KOSYGIN on Page 2 Tucker Inmate Denies Petition TUCKER PRISON FARM, Ark. (AP) - A federal District Court petition seeking relief from "intolerable prison conditions" may have been filed in his name, but it was done without his knowledge, a Tucker Prison inmate said here Thursday. Alfred Sturgeon, 21, of Enola (Faulkner County), told a Pine Bluff Commercial Reporter that his first knowledge that the petition referred to prison condi- tition came from other inmates, who heard it on radio and television. The petition, filed June 12 James E. Sock of Enola, who was listed as "attorney in fact" charged that homosexual activity and robbery were prevalent here and that Sturgeon had been forced to commit an unnatural sex act. "They other boys (inmates) was telling me about it," Stur- gton said. "They let me read that piece that was in the paper. It said, 'Mr. Alfred Sturgeon attacked by homosexuals.' I didn't even know it went through this court or nothing'." Sturgeon, who is serving a three - year sentence, said he was under the impression the petition was for a re-hearing of his April 18th robbery conviction in Pulaski County, and that it contained no references to prison conditions. He signed a four-page document he said, "but it didn't say nothin' about them homosexuals." Shock, who said he held a law degree but was not a mem- Big Lake Bids Opened A work order is expected to be issued soon for additional construction on the Big Lake drainage and wildlife Improvement project. Yesterday in the Memphis Corps of Engineers office, bids were opened and S. J. Cohen Co., of Blytheville was named the apparent low b i d d e r at a $112,000. The work includes enlargement of a segment of a ditch on the west side of the Lake and putting in a fill, on which will be located the new refuge headquarters just north of Highway 18. ber of the Arkansas Bar Association, said Sturgeon's statements were a "surprise." "It's doubtful that he would understand all the ramifications of this petition," he said. "You probably wouldn't, not being a student of law." Shock apparently listed himself as "attorney in fact" because as a non-member of the Bar, he cannot legally represent clients for fees. Sturgeon said Shock had vis- See TUCKER on Page * Osceola Family Of 11 Needs Aid A family of 11, who recently lost their home to fire, is being set up in housekeeping again by Mississippi County Union Mission. "This is an Osceola family. They lost everything and two o! their children are still in a Mem. phis hospital. The father can't yet begin work," Mission Supt. Paul Kirkindall said today. Furniture, a gas cook stove, refrigerator, beds and other household items are needed. The Mission truck will pick up donations (PO 3-8380). Note to Burn At Revival A note-burning ceremony — marking the end of a $25,000 obligation against me new Mississippi County Union Mission complex — will highlight Sunday afternoon's area - wide revival service at Walnut and Franklin. The service, which has been under sponsorship of the Mission and about 20 area church* es, will begin at 2:15 p.m. Walter K. Ayers is the evangelist: The special crusade continues through Saturday night. " We've been very pleased with the crowds. About 800 were present the other night/' Kirkindall reported. ; -: Weathtr Forecast ,^ Partly cloudy and warm through Saturday with wider/ scattered thundershowen. taw tonight 60s to low 70s.

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