The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on April 10, 1968 · Page 1
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Wednesday, April 10, 1968
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THE LINCOLN STAR 6«TII YEAR No. Ifl.% liwcoi T w , web ., h eiiwe . siiy V niiiiwiwi;, iii, miii » 10 CKWT» Crusader For Equality Buried ...OR. KIHC PAID LAST RESPECTS Atlanta, Cía. UwHr. Martin Luther King .Jr., shot to death * after a 13-year crusade for racial equality, was laid to rest Tuesday In a day-long outpouring of tribute. t White and black friends and dignitaries of high rank paid their last respects to his memory at Dr. King's own simple red brick church. At the front of the church sat h i s widow, Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr., and their four children. Her face veiled, her head erect, she maintained her composure even as she heard the recorded voice of her slain husband saying: “If 1 die, I want you to be able to say that I tried to love and serve humanity . . . If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that 1 was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace.” The word., were taped from one of Dr. King’s recent ser-i mons, in which he dwelt onj the inevitability of his own’ death. Kot long afterward,, \pril 4, he was shot by a sniper in Memphis, Tenn. Thej assa.T.sin was still at large. Tuesday. ' After the ceremony, on a; sunwashed greensward at Morehouse College, King’s : alma mater, legions of admirers which police said numbered 150.000 gathered for a two-hour memorial service. It concluded with the mass of mourners linking hands and singing the old slave song which Dr. King’s civil rights movement popularized as its own anthem, ‘‘We Shall I Overcome.” Words from another an-* cient slave song served as an epitah inscribed on the marble crypt where he was entombed: “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty I’m free at last.” Lincoln Memorial Speech Dr. King had borrowed these words to conclude h i s ringing speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the 1963 march on Washing ton. A mule-drawn wagon served as Dr. King’s hearse, symbolic of the poor whose cause he championed. II i s graveslte was a cemetery or ganized in 1886 by Negroes who refused a status for their dead at the rear of the city burial ground. The army of mourners accompanied Dr. King’s coffin through the warm sunlight on every stage of Its journey. Aid stations treated several hundred for heat exhaustion as the temperature climbed to a humid 80 degree . A capacity audience of 1,.300 took part in the services at Kbenezer Baptist Churcih. Condolence When it was over, as t h e bronze coffin was being removed, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, representing President Johnson at the funeral, leaned over to offer a few words of condolence to Mrs. King. Outside the church thousands pressed at police lines, listening to the ancient hymns that welled from within. They stood on rooftops and clung to tree limbs and strained at police ropes to get a glimpse of the coffin HOUSE HIT BY BLAZE Fire nearly destroyed the R. C. Vifquain home, 1120 Carlos Dr., Tuesday afternoon, according to fire officials. The blaze blackened and charred the kitchen, dining room, breezeway and hallway and smoke damaged much of the remainder of the structure, officials said. District Fire Chief Melvin Keller said the fire started in some couches in the breezeway of the home and spread when wind whipped the flames into the breezeway walls. Chief Keller blamed the fire on careless smoking; he said two young boys had been smoking in the area earlier in the afternoon and had apparently failed to extinguish a cigarette. Heat from the blaze was so intense that windows were blown from the house before firemen arrived, officials said. Chief Keller said intense 'heat from the blaze melted furnishings inside the house and even melted a portion of a metal lid on a barbeque grill in the backyard. Fire officials reported no injuries as a result of the blaze. bearing the Negro crusader whose oratory and nonviolent Ideals emboldened his people and challenged the national conscience. Even as the funeral was in, --tate Adjutant General George J. Hearn an- nounr ed that National Guard men from throughout Georgia were being airlifted to the Atlanta area. Hearn said he did not anticipate trouble but “we intend to be ready.” Eulogy At the Morehouse ceremony Dr. Benjamin Mays, M o r e- house president emeritus and former teacher of Dr. King, delivered the eulogy, saying, “Make no mistake, the American people are in part responsible for Martin Luther King’s death.” He said the assassin felt like he had society’s support. At the same time. Mays said: ‘‘If we love Martin Luther King Jr., and respect him, let us see to it that he did not die in vain; let us see to it that we do not dishonor his name by trying to solve our problems through rioting in the streets.” The graveside ceremony was brief. Mrs. King retained her composure throughout. When the crypt was closed she lowered her head and sobbed gently. The funeral was at Ebenezer Church where Dr. King, 39, was baptized and where he had been copastor with (Continued on Page 2, Col. 1) MULE-DRAWN WAGON . . . carrying King leads funeral march. Trenton, Jacksonville Newly Hit STOHY AT LEFT STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN NOLLENDORFS KITCHEN burned by fierce fire at Vifquain home. Health Fair Bill Payment Still Sought By BOB SCHREPF Star Staff Writer The Pershing Auditorium Board said Tuesday it will make “one more effort” to collect the full $4,009 owed by Centennial Health Fair, Inc., for use of the auditorium last spring. The board acknowledged that a check for $3,007.34 75*'h of the amount due—had been received by the city finance office with a paid-in- full legend stamped on t h e back. The check was returned to the health fair organization at the direction of Mayor San Schwartzkopf and Finance Director James M a 1- lon because the city had not agreed to discount the amount due. “We should make one more effort to seek payment in full, since the check has been returned and full payment a s k e d,” commented board member Mrs. George Holyoke. Auditorium manager Ivan Hoig suggested that the city ‘‘can’t offer a discount on what is owed the taxpayers —the taxpayers will have to make up the deficit.” The auditorium board has pressed for payment since the rent became delinquent and at one time threatened a lawsuit to recover the debt. Express Gratitude The board expressed gratitude for action by the City Council Monday to provide approximately $3,0(X) to complete an acoustical band shell for Pershing musical performances. The money will purchase heavy sections of painted composition board which will function as the ceiling of the acoustical shell. The structure could be completed in a month’s time, Hoig said. Auditorium board member R. L. White, also president of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra Association, said the symphony organization might stage a variety program — “an evening at the theatre” —to dedicate the acoustical band shell in June. Educational Rate The symphony association will receive an educational and nonprofit rental rate of $350 if the pop concert is staged, the board agreed. Officials Battle Rash Of Blazes A rash of blazes in the Malone area of Lincoln, which is predominately Negro, plagued Fire Department officials late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Fire Chief Dallas Johnson said arson was suspected as the cause of all the fires, which resulted in only minor damage, and investigation of the blazes was continuing. The first alarms were turned in shortly after a march by Negro youths to the Governor’s Mansion had disbanded at about 10 p.m. (See story on inarch on Page 25.) Officials said that the first Trade Doubles Washington (UPI) — Rep. Charles E, Chamberlain, R- Mich., said 30 ships flying free world flags had docked in North Vietnam in the first three months of this year— twice the nundjcr for the same period last year. More Whoopers Begin Migration Washington f/Pt — Twenty- one more wliooping cranes have started their annual migration to summer nesting grounds near the Arctic Circle, the Interior Department reported Tuesday. The huge birds took off from the .Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas Sunday. Their departure left at the refuge 22 of the record 47 that wintered there. fire, at 2257 W St., was definitely set by someone who broke the window of a house and threw lighted papers inside. The house was reportedly vacant. Six other fires in the same general area, including a fire in a lumberyard at 22nd and Y early Wednesday morning, may have been set deliberately, officials said. Fire department units responded in succession to a shed on fire at 19th and U, a trash fire at 1012 N. 26th, a car on fire at 16lh and Y, a garage on fire at 22nd and Dudley, a house fire at 23rd and Y and the lumberyard. Prescriptions I Ruppert Rexall 13th at N.—Ad. The normal rate for an evening musical production is $600. Board members were hopeful that the new acc-ustical device will attract additional outstanding talent to perform here. In other action, Hoig warned the board that it should be aware of “future rental problems.” He cited an article in an auditorium managers publication in which various managers commented on the trend of “the Ku Klux Klan, American Nazi Party and Black Revolutionists” and other groups renting public auditoriums acu'oss the country and said, “Although it probably won’t happen here, it’s something we might have to watch out for.” Turn Them Down Hoig said he would turn down such rental requests unless otherwise directed. Other auditorium board business: Hoig reported that advance sales for the 1968 Ice Ca- padcs, held last week, were “better than ever”, but that revenues “were about t h e same as last year because of the blizzard in western Nebraska” He said the weather prevented miinerous people from coming to Lincoln to attend the event. The board said it will recommend to the Nebraska School Activities Assodation that the Class A high school baskclhall championships remain in Lincoln because of the manner in which the city handle d the four division play-offs after the Class A portion was transferred here from Omaha last month. By The Associated Press Fires and looting spread in Kansas City on Tuesday night and new outbreaks of racial violence hit Trenton, N.J. and Jacksonville, Fla., in the hours after the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Deaths in Jacksonville, Trenton, Baltimore and Kansas City brought the national toll since Dr. King’s assassination to 34, all but five Negroes. In Jacksonville a Negro teen-ager was shot to death from a passing car full of white youths during a wave of brick-throwing and firebombing. Nearly a dozen fires broke out almost simultaneously Tuesday night in a racially mixed Brooklyn slum that had been the scene of violence twice since King’s slaying in Memphis last Thursday. In San Francisco, a municipal bus driver was shot and killed in the predominantly Negro Hunters Point area where police reported some sporadic sniping activity. Violence Spreads The violence in Kansas City spread as darkness fel despite a curfew enforced by police and National Guardsmen. An estimated 1,000 Negroes were routed by tear gas outside City Hall earlier in the day. A Kansas City police spokesman said a Negro man was shot to death In a store in a heavily Negro area, the scene of looting. At least nine persons were wounded in oth er incidents as looting spread to a fashionable downtown business district. In Trenton, a Negro yout was shot to death by a police man and officials sealed of the New Jersey capital. Po lice said the youth, 19, was shot when a crowd tried to in­ terfere as he was being ar-, presence of 10,000 federalized, rested on breaking, entering | troops, and soldiers were as-1 and larceny charges. ^ signed to ride fire engines. I ! In Cincinnati, 1,400 Ohio National Guardsmen patrolled ^ streets strewn with debris. State Of Emergency Trenton police declared state of emergency, imposed a curfew and called in state troopers to help fight the disorders, Crowds of young Negroes smashed windows in | urniture and clothing stores: in downtown Trenton. For the first time, incidents of arson were reported n Newark in the Negro area where last summer’s bitter riot claimed 26 lives. Five major fires and 13 smaller 3 lazes erupted in the heavily Negro Central Ward. Authorities dispatched sound trucks through the Newark streets, broadcasting recordings of Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech. In 90 cities struck by firebombing and looting since The city’s first riot fatality was recorded Monday night when a Negro woman accidentally was shot by her husband as he tried to drive off looters at his apartment. A few hours later, a 30-year-old white art instructor at the University of Cincinnati was pulled from his car, beaten and stabbed to death. Police said five Negro youths attacked him. Chicago marked another day of relative calm, after weekend violence in Negro neighborhoods claimed 11 lives. Hanoi, Washington Discuss Talks Sites receipt of the first private and official message from Hanoi in the current round of preliminary negotiations. The contacts f o l- Camp David, Md. —President Johnson said Tuesday j move toward morning the United States lowed the President’s suspen- . ^ . was “back in touch” with ! the bombing of most North Vietnam discussing al-,» erty loss w as estimated by; the American Insurance Association at more than $30 million—and still rising. Washington, quiet now in the grip of 14.000 federal troops, estimated its losses alone at $13.3 million, highest in the nation. Seventh Death During the day, a seventh death w^as attributed to the' lecent riots there. Rep. John R. Rarick, l)-La., calling for a congressional investigation of the violence in the nation’s capital, said police and federal troops “have all but been rendered ineffective because of orders from someone which, in effect, iiliiized the forces of law and order to protect the looters and rioters from an angry citizenry.” New Outbreak New lootings and fires broke out in Baltimore despite the 31. ternate sites for a face-to -1 , face meeting of ambassadors, allies, and particularly South Vietnam, have been Johnson, who was at this presidential retreat for an all-day conference with his senior advisers on Vietnam, thus deflected Hanoi’s suggestion that the first talks be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. North Vietnam had previously deflected the American proposal of Geneva. There was, however, no suggestion of difficulty in the! exchanges about arrangements. Both sides had already agreed to some other mutual- i — . i • i. Iv acceptable place and the. v^OITHTIIGS HTSIST United States was thought to , , be suggesting other Asian, On rhnom r©nh sites to which its communica-| tions are better than Phnom Phnom Penh, Cambodia ..f) uneasy at the prospect of negotiations and seeking reassurances that their interests will be protected. Shoring up the South Vietnamese government and making a good showing on 1 h e battlefield during the negotiations are thought to be majoc topics of the President's meetings on Vietnam in t h e I past week. Penh. Discussed Freely —North Vietnamese sources in Phnom Penh said Wednesday the Hanoi government On Inside Pages World News ...............Page 2 Two Widows Meet State News ..................Page 3 Irrigation Supply Favorable Women's News . . Pages 13, 14 News .Around 'Fown Sports News .... Pages 21-23 Baseball Begins Belatedly The I’resident implied that insists that preliminary peace the arrangements are now, talks with the United States being discussed rather free- ! be held here in the Cambodi- Iv back and forth, presum- an capital. ably through diplomats at Laos. “We are back in touch with Hanoi and discussing a number of alternative loca- In its initial message to Washington, Hanoi pro(H)sed talks in Phnom Penh “or any 0 t h e r mutually agreeable place” in .Asia. But the North tions which could be conven-, Vietnamese sources said tiu Kditorials Entertainnient Markets ....... Deaths — 'rv, Radio Want .\ds 24 2.^ 26 The Weather LINCOLN: Partly cloudy and a little warmer W'ednesday. High in low 70s. Precipitation probability less than 5^r. EAST AND CENTHAL NEBRASKA: Partly cloudy Wednesday and warmer. Highs in the ui)per 60s to low 70s. Alore Weather, Page 3 lent to both sides.” Johnson said to reporters on the patio of the main house at this camp. “We are in agreement with our allies and are prepared for ambassadorial contacts vaguely worded alternative was offered in i-ase the Cam hodian government did nut want t h e talks in Phnom Penh. Since Cambodia h. a s a--- just «S s»«n as arrangements-'•If'*' ■Î , ...... »» ; look any turther, the source i Î can be completed. The President stressed his consultation with allies, as he did Monday, in announcing Millt r & Paine Open tonight ’til 9. Free Candy from Bunny Girl. Gateway Store.—.Adv. Í said. Today's Chuckle Inflation: The system whereby if you save long enough to huy something, you can’t aiford it. »’opr T .VI ItitiM. (.m. t* « e#rp

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