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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, June 24, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 82—NO. 84 BMTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) SATURDAY, JUNE 24,1967 10 PAGES TEN CENTS SUMMIT VIEW: GUARDED OPTIMISM f By LEWIS GULICK GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) American diplomats mixed optimism with caution today over prospects that two summit meetings at Glassboro will open the way toward solving major international issues. The fact that President Johnson and Soviet Premier AJexei N. Kosygin met for five hours Friday, including three hours with no •ides except interpreters—then agreed on another parley Sunday-was in itself regarded as a good omen: Announcement of the follow- up session Sunday afternoon came as a surprise to the array of experts who figured the Friday meeting could only be a token one at best, considering how much difficulty the chiefs had all week over whether or where to get together. As it turned out their first ses- sion at Hollybush, the brownstone residence of the Glassboro State College president, began with a handshake and ended with Johnson and Kosygin smilingly lacing newsmen and a cheering crowd. Kosygin concurred with Johnson's statement that their talks ranged over such issues as the Middle East crisis and Vietnam and that we agreed it is now very important to reach inter- national agreement on a nonproliferation treaty." Presidential press secretary George Christian said the two leaders developed an understanding on the central question in the Middle East dispute—that "Israel does, of course, exist as a nation"—although they disagreed on other points. Christian said Johnson hopes for a consensus on the other Middle East issues. He also re- ported that Secretary of State Dean Rusk, assigned to meet next week with Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko, is optimistic about chances for U.S.- Soviet concurrence on the draft of a proposed treaty to bar the spread of nuclear weapons. The two private meetings by the chiefs plus the business lunch attended by their top advisers at the tree-shaded campus site Friday produced a sud- den improvement in the tone of U.S.-Soviet relations. Since Kosygin's arrival in New York a week ago for the U.S.-opposed U.N. General Assembly special session on the Middle East, the atmosphere had soured amid his public denunciation of American as well as Israeli policy and the arguments over a summit meeting. But after the Glassboro par- ley, Johnson hailed the spirit of Hollybush." He told a Democratic group in Los Angeles that this is the spirit of reasoning together." Johnson declared that he and Kosygin had agreed they both want a world of peace for our grandchildren." But the President added a note cautions that "deep and serious differences" remain. One meeting does not make a peace," he said. We reached no new agreements—that does not happen in a single conversation—but I think we understand each other better," he said. Moscow radio carried only • brief comment for Russian listeners. It simply said that the two leaders met in Glassboro, N.J., near New York" and that the meeting was suggested by See SUMMIT on Page 3 Fluoridation Rears Head Freshman City Councilman Bill Williams placed what some fellow members of the Council see as a ticking tirue bonib on the agenda for the July Council session. He will introduce a resolution requesting fluoridation of city water. If the issue is politically explosive? "Well, I may be a one-term Councilman," Williams grinned. Traditionally, Blytheville political figures have shied from the fluoridation issue. About 12 years ago, the mea- lure was defeated when submitted to the voters. An active campaign was waged against fluoridation. Williams has written other Council members, apprising them of the fact that he has placed a fluoridation resolution on the ballot. He also sent each a copy of the proposed resolution. "Wanted them to have a chance to study it," he said. The resolution asks that city water be fluoridated, effective 30 days after a new schedule of water rates goes into effect. Council will consider the resolution at its July 11 meeting. Summit Played ! Down by Pravda MOSCOW (AP) — A 37-world report that President Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin met appeared near the bottom of Pravda's front page today. It was the Soviet press' only mention of the Glassboro, N.J., summit conference. Papers other ttian the Soviet Communist party organ apparently went to press too early for the brief dispatch by the official news agency Tass. Kosygin NIAGARA FALLS,-N.Y. (AP) -Soviet Prmier Alexei N. Ko- sygin, flying in a U.S. Air Force jetliner, landed at Niagara Falls at 10:08 a.m. today for a whirlwind loo(c-8f : the Ameri' can and Canadian falls. A majority of the crowd estimated at 1,600 at the airport applauded as he left the plane. Kosygin waved once and smiled. He was greeted by Mavuor E. Dent Lackey, who presented Dent Lackey, who presented him with a gold key to the city, which the mayor said was worth $7. He also gave Kosgin a silver coin marking the 75th anniversary of the incorporation of Niagara Falls. . .. . . Kosygin and his party then headed by motorcade toward the cataracts. The party took off in a Boeing 707 jet from Kennedy Airport at 9:06 a.m. for the Niaga- See KOSYGIN on Page 3 Dateline — June24 ~~ LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Johnson says he reached no new agreements with Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin but "he and I agreed that we wanted a world of peace for our grandchildren." The President reported on his historic summit meeting in a speech to a $500-a-plate Democratic party fund-raising Democratic party fund-raising affair Friday night, just a hours after he left Kosygin at Glassboro, N.J. Outside the hotel were he spoke lines of club-holding police clashed with thousands of anti-Vietnam war demonstrators! Thiriy were arrested and several were injured as officers cleared, 1 the crowd from the street. TEL AVIV (AP) — Former Vice President Richard M. Nixon recommended today that the Old City of Jerusalem be given a "Vatican-like" status, with each religion having some kind of autonomous rights. Nixon, who is winding up a fact-finding tour, also told a news conference that Israel should not withdraw "under any circumstances" from areas it has acquired until a peace settlement is arranged. MOSCOW (AP) — Amreica's top interpreter of Russian, diplomat Alexander Akalovsky, 44, flew to the United States today to serve at the second meeting Sunday beween President Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin. The Yugoslav-born American was summoned by a telephone call from Washington Friday night after the first meeting in Glassboro, N.J. Akalovsky interpreted for President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the 1945 Lalta conference with Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. Since then he has participated in many high-level meetings. AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Palestinian refugees charged today that Israeli troops occupying the Jordan River's west bank are systematically deporting inhabitants of villages along the 1949 armistice line between Jordan and Israel. Refugees, interviewed in their temporary quarters in an Amman school building, claimed villagers are being removed by force, intimidation and trickery. Several refugees said they were threatened with death if they tried to return to their homes. They said at least two villages on the western edge of the Israeli-occupied west bank region have been leveled by Israeli fcmolitioo crews and bulldozers. BACK AGAIN — Jews flocked back to the wailing wall as bulldozers cleared away small houses and rubble from the sacred spot. The old part of the city containing the wall was retrieved from Jordan during the recent conflict. Jews revere the wall, seen in the background, as a place to mourn lost glories of ancient Israel and the destruction of Solomon's temple. Because of the large number of people flocking to the wall more area was needed. Russia is demanding that the Jews return the old part of Jerusalem containing the wall to Jordan. The Jews say they never will. Given Clarification On New Drive-in Law There has been widespread misunderstanding regarding the intent and restrictions of the recent city ordinance regarding auto traffic at drive-in restaurants, according to Police Chief George Ford Jr. The ordinance, said Ford, was passed for the benefit of law- abiding patrons of such drive- ins. A minority of young people, he said, have been using these restaurants as centers for criminal acts such as damaging property, causing disturbances, racing motors, loitering in groups and using loud and obscene .language. The actual intent of the ordinance, he added, is to insure the public that they may attend these drive-ins without fear of personal threat or damage to their automobiles or other prop- Infantry Company Chopped Up by Reds By GEORGE ESPER SAIGON (AP) - An American infantry company on a search-and-destroy mission was caught in a deadly crossfire of North Vietnmese automatic weapons and small arms and lost 76 killed and 24 wounded high in the. central highlands, the U.S. Command disclosed today. The bloody action near Dak To, 270 miles north of Saigon, took place Thursday, the command said, but the news was held up for "security reasons." The badly mauled company of perhaps 150 men was part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, the first Army combat unit to arrive in Vietnam, in May 1965. The company included many newcomers sent in as replacements for men rotated out of South Vietnam. It had been looking for the enemy since last Sunday but had had no contact until the surprise Red assault Thursday. The company's two lead platoons apparently were sucked into a trap and isolated halfway up heavily forested 4,000-foot ridgeline. The Nor* Vietnamese attackers reportedly wore black berets, indicating they were elite troops. The two platoons, totaling about 80 men, apparently became confused and disorganized. About 75 of these men were found dead on the battlefield, the others wounded, spokesmen said. The heavy fighting raged for seven hours. Two other companies maneuvered to reinforce ttie embattled and battered unit. The 59 men acounted for at the time the reinforcement! linked ug gttt evacuated to the base camp at Dak To. Fighting was reportedly so close that ah- strikes on the Communists had to be greatly limited; even so, fighter-bombers flew what tactical strikes they could and armed helicopters were pressed into action. Early today each of which B52 bombers, carries 60,000 pounds of bombs, blasted the area where the airborne troops took a beating Thursday. Troopers sweeping over the area Friday reported'skirmish- es with small groups of North Vietnamese troops. They said they found 75 Communist bunkers, more than half of tiiem spattered with fresh blood. U.S. headquarters said no significant fighting had been reported since midnight Friday. U.S. Navy bombers from the carrier Constellation assaulted the power plant, 46 miles-south' southeast of Hanoi. U.S. headquarters said aerial surveillance photos taken after the raid showed that the generator hall of the 7,500-kilowatt power plant had been demolished, and other facilities heavily damaged. On June 12, after three straight days of U.S. raids on North Vietnamese power plants, it was reported that 11 of the country's 12 power plants had been hit by U.S. bombers. In other air action Friday Navy planes pounded rail lines 48 miles south-southeast of Hanoi. Aerial photos showed 17 boxcars damaged and all tracks either cut up or blocked. Pilots also reported silencing three antiaircraft gun sites in the area. __ Set REDS M Page } In order to clarify the mean- ng of the ordinance, Ford stressed the following points: 1) The ordinance enjoins persons from purchasing beer elsewhere then bringing it to a drive-in where it is not sold and consuming it there: 2) The provision against loitering is not intended to prevent jatrons from talking with 'riends whom they meet at the drive-in. What is forbidden is the gathering of groups on tops of cars or in other ways congregating and causing breaches o: ;he peace; 3) The restrictions agains' motorists driving onto the premises then leaving without park ing was included, said Ford because some people make "drag strips" of the drive-ins; 4) The prohibition against us ing automobile horns said Ford is not intended to prevent patrons from signaling for curb service. What is intended, he said, is the stopping of the needless blowing of horns; 5) The section of the ordinance forbidding the abandoning of vehicles on the premises does not mean that a patron cannot leave his car for a while to talk with friends or enter the restaurant for service. The object of this section, Ford explained Ford, is to prevent cus tomers from departing the premises with others and leav ing an automobile unattendet on the lot for an extended per iod of time. By WILLIAM N. OATIS UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. AP) — The Communists, whom Arabs had counted on to demand U.N. action against Isael, were split three ways to- ay. The Romanian line calling ir direct negotiations between he disputants roused Arab 'rath. Delegates at the U.N. General .ssembly's emergency session n the Middle East were gener- lly encouraged by the decision f President Johnson and Soviet 5 remier Alexei N. Kosygin to ontinue their summit talks unday. But Johnson cautioned: "One meeting does not make a eace." After Johnson and Kosygin met for five hours at Glassboro, <.J., Friday presidential press ecretary George Christian said he two developed an under- tanding on one central question n the Middle East dispute—that srael does, of course, exist as nation"— although they disagreed on other points. Saudi Arabia's U.N. delegate, 'amil M. Baroody, declared: f they agreed or don't agree, here will be no solution if it is not a solution that satisfies the Arab world." The Soviet line at the U.N. :ession, whch it requested, has jeen to call for condemnation of srael and withdrawal of Israeli roops from captured territory in Egypt, Jordan and Syria. The Cuban line, expressed Arab Press Cool On LBJ, Kosygin Meet BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Arab newspapers and radio sta tions were noticeably restrainec today in their comments on the meeting between Presiden Johnson and Soviet Premier Al exei N. Kosygin. In Egypt there was no editor! al comment at all. Headlines generally stressed that the Mid die East was the first subjec brought up. In Beirut, the only commen came from traditionally pro- Western and neutralist papers. Most Lebanese commentator seemed to agree that Johnson and Kosygin will have great dll ficulty in finding a mutually ac ceptable solution for the Middl East crisii.. _ 3-Way Split Parts Reds in U.N. Debate Friday by Ambassador Ricardo Alarcon Quesada, was that the Arabs should fight if they must o oust the Israelis. Romanian Premier Ion iheorghe Maurer also said Israel should withdraw from the occupied territories. But he called the respect of the independent and sovereign exist- nce" of each Middle Eastern stat and for a settlement ,hrough "negotoations and agreements." Egyptian Ambassador Mo- tiamed Awad el Kony told a re- rarter, We were deeply disappointed. He was unrealistic and unfair, and it doesn't help." In the 122-nation assembly Friday, five of the 10 speakers endorsed a proposed resolution embodying the Soviet line, which accuses Israel of aggression. The five were Afghanistan, Byelorussia, Guinea, Poland and Hungary. Polish Premier Jozef Cyranfc- iewicz, supporting the Soviet propposals, said, "The aggressor must be made to give up the gains of his aggression." But he noted that thanks to the intervention of the Security Council, it became possible to bring about a cease- fire." Cuba's Alarcon said, however, the cease-fire agreement enabling Israel to hold Arab territory was an immoral body blow to the Arab people." In words reminiscent of Alarcon said, The conduct of the United Nations and its Security Council" showed it had become the catspaw and instrument of U.S. imperialist policy." If the Israelis do not withdraw from the occupied territory, he declared, the Arab people will See DEBATE on Page 3 Burglars Hit Shipyard Burglars, with a generous share Of audacity, struck the Caruthersville Shipyard last night and made off with seven to eight hundred pounds of copper wire and a quantity of tools and tool boxes. Then, to cap It off, (Siey stole a 1961 Ford pickup truck from the premises their loot. to carry away The truck was subsequently recovered abandoned near the to another vehicle. Shipyard officials have as yet released no estimate of the value of the stolen goods. However, the wire stolen was dscribed as a special-purpose conductor of extremely heavy gauge. Total length of the stolen Wire was 1,080 feet. The case is still being investigated by Pemiscot County authorities. No arrests have been burglars transfrred their items' made. If He Runs Wallace Says He Could Carry State By JOHN R. STARR Associated Press Writer HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP)Former Gov. George Wallace of Alabama brought his pre-presidential campaign to Hot Springs early today and promptly predicted that he will carry Arkansas if he becomes a candidate. Whether he runs, Wallace said in an airport interview, depends on what the two major parties do between now and the first of the year. "If one of them will give the people a choice, I will not be a candidate," he said. "If not, I will be a candidate, probably on a new party ticket." Wallace came to Hot Springs to address a luncheon meeting of the Arkansas Press Association. He said he plans to make the same sort of speech here that he has been making in other sections of the country. Wallace will be introduced by former Arkansas Gov. Orval E. Faubus who is an APA member by virtue of an interest in four ;as. He said he would be pleased to have ttie support of Johnson who has been support- weekly newspapers, lace said he does but Wal- not know whether Faubus will support him if he becomes a candidate for resident. In answer to a specific question, Wallace said It is too early to say whether Jim Johnson, the 1966 Democratic nominee for governor of Arkansas, would handle his campaign in Arkan- Kendall Berry Will Manage Baptist Fund A Blytheville businessman has been named executive-secretary-treasurer of the Southern Baptist Foundation, it was announced yesterday in Nashville. He is Kendall Berry, president of a Hornersville bank and a member of the board of directors of Arkansas-Missouri Power Co. The Foundation has assets of $8.6 million. Income from this capital is used to help finance some 20 agencies of the Southern Baptist Convention. Berry will work with a board of directors which is made up of Baptist laymen who are prominent in the business world. Together, they will direct the investment and expenditure of funds. Although his duties with the fund will make ft necessary for him to be in Nashville from time to time, Berry said he will continue, to make his home in Blytheville. ing him vocally for some time. Wallace was met at the airport by half a dozen newsmen, ialf a dozen police officers and lalf a dozen fans. He took enough time to shake the hands of every white person within hand-shaking range and he gave a friendly wave :o two Negro porters as he passed them by. Wallace said his candidacy probably would hurt both major parties, the Republican Party in the South and the Democratic Party in other sections of the country. Asked why he was considering running, he said, "People are tired of big government. Either they (the people running things) turn it back to us in Arkansas, Alabama and elsewhere or I'll be a candidate." Wallace said the Gallop Poll showed he was very strong in this section of the country and that for the first time in many years this part of the country See WALLACE on Page 3 Weather Forecast Partly cloudy to cloudy skies through Sunday with little change in temperatures; Chance of scattered showers and thundershowers. • High Sunday in the Ms. Low tonight upper 60s to mU 70s.

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