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Hope, Arkansas
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Thursday, March 7, 1968
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The tragedy of Man: He starts off with a Country - and winds up with a Government! Our Daily Bread SffCtd Thifl of Tnf tdftof ANN. N. WitMMffi Drmutic Story Lias Behind Postal ; Figtit on Deficits E ach jreftf the Post Office Department handles a big* ger business and winds up With ft still bigger operating lots - and Postmaster General Lawrence F, O'Brien is per* haps the first postal chief In history who's trying to do some* thing about it. Fortune magazine recently carried the detailed and drama* tic story of O'Brien's attempted .reform program, and this was condensed for Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, Chattanooga, Term., by Loyal Phillips and distributed in SNPA's membership bulletins 'duly received by The Star as a member paper. "Mr. Phillips is general manager of the Elizabeth City (N.C.) Daily Advance, and chairman of SNPA's Postal Commit- Ue. Here are some highlights from his review of the Fortune magazine report: . ". . . by the year 2000 every man, woman, and ambulant child in the U.S. will be delivering the mail. Until recently, the creaky old Post Office has managed to struggle along more or less abreast of Increasing volume— ttsually by adding to a workforce that now number 700,000. Wages have increased far more than productivity. Meanwhile the deficit has soared and service has deteriorated. In the past two years, to their consternation, mail volume has risen at almost double the normal 3 per cent annual rate. It was up 9 per cent from December 1965. Last October a mail jam in Chicago demonstrated the sobering fact that the U.S. mail system can break down. "Postmaster General Lawrence F. O'Brien is turning out to be the strongest, most imaginative boss the department has eye^hfd. The Post Office is like no businessmen earth tj It Is.and forever will riffiam a "political Institution. O'Brien is running the show. Overriding his cautious engineers, he launched a $100- million crash mechanization program — includinga computer center, which eventually will keep track of mail flow and manpower use in the seventy-five largest post offices. "Most of today's mail is collected, processed, and delivered by the same methods employed a century ago. Even in a post office as important as Chicago's, throngs of clerks still perch before pigeonhole cages, laboriously sorting individual letters by hand at the rate of about thirty a minute. So great is the human effort Involved that 81 per cent of the Post Office's current budget of $6.3 billion goes to pay workers. "Post Office turnover has jumped from a prewar 13 per cent to a current 21 per cent. Last year the department had to take on 180,000 employees to fill 5,0,000 new jobs. The decline in the caliber of personnel is evident in many large post offices. Today postal recruits are still disproportionately Negro. But employment bars have come down wprlvate Industry andother government agencies, leaving the Post Office to forage among those with lesser skills, 7 "The Union leaders declare publicly they have no fear of mechanization, but they manage ta find fault with almost every device the Post Office installs. They fire public broadsides against the zip code, which is central to all future mechanic tlon plans, Hope VOL 8t~toJ23-12 Star of Hope, 1695, Press 192? Consolidated January ie, 192$ Star Printed by Offset to ractff jwr Stir tfttit •ad i fctfeff of to *p,«. wfll drtfftf jo* HOft AWUKAS, THURSDAY, MARCH 7,1968 At. Associated Press A Audi! Bureau of CircaUUon*. Net Circulation 8 mo*, ending S«p«, 30, 1961 -3,111 Rights Bill Battle Is Raging, Even Kennedy Brothers Are Split By DICK BARNES Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The intriguing story of how U.S. advisers played along with a corrupt South Vietnamese official until he was ousted during his -own government's Infighting Is told in a series of private government reports to Washington Other frustrations of U.S. advisers trying to weed out corruption and inefficiency in South Vietnam's customs agency also are strikingly portrayed in the reports, sent by the chief of a U.S. advisory team to his superiors in Washington. ,., ,. i mi j .1 nco Copies recently were turned said its troops killed at least 158 QVer to chairman Ernest Gruening, D-Alaska,,of the Senate for-, elgn aid;, expenditures subcommittee, and made available to The Associated Press on condition the adviser's name not be used. The adviser has told the U.S. mission in Saigon that corruption is "permeating all echelons of government and society . . . unless it is substantially reduced on a broad scale, and very soon at that, there are serious doubts that this war can ever be really 'won.' " He proposed that the United States boldly take direct action against corruption, claiming there in the clashes Communists 'Wednesday!* v ; t The Viet Cong's bombardment of towns and military posts in South Vietnam tapered off today, with attacks by mortars and rockets on only three points reported. In the air war, U.S. Navy pilots made coordinated night attacks Wednesday on six targets in the Hanoi-Haiphong area, including a battery plant seven miles south of Hanoi and a transshipment point hit several times before. Hanoi claimed three U.S. planes were shot down, but there was no report of any losses from the U.S. Command, The command's weekly report See RED SHELLING on Page Two aren't enough honest Vietnamese officials to do the job. On the basis of the adviser's reports, Gruening announced Wednesday that his subcommit- Chief Function of All Double-talk Is to Avoid Actual Meaning By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) - The class in double-talk will please come to order. As you will remember, students, double-talk represents the final evolution of language in one of its chief functions— the avoidance of meaning. steak. "This Is one of the cosiest apartments in the building. We call it the Junior Executive buite." It has a pull-out bed under the refrigerator. "If you don't mind my saying so, professor, I thought that was the most interesting lecture All successful civilizations are you've given all this semester built on double-talk, which Is the art of saving one thing while thinking the opposite. Only in savage or barbarian societies do people frankly say what they mean or mean what they say, Here, for class study, are a few typical examples of modern T - - ' by their "The picture Is hardly any double-talk-followed better *t the supervisory level, actual meaning. Until recently, promoUons 4e» penned to a considerable degree on political influence, Nearly all belong to the 30,400 member Na* tional Association of Postal Supervisors, now demandingcon» tr*et negotiations with toe very steak, of which they are a "If ever I can be of any ble assistance to you~," Don't call me; I'll call you, H Tbe beef stew here is said to be the best in town. Shall we try it together?" II I could afford I'd tell you to order i*e 33,000 . i . pne Q| teen? chosen subject to the veto of a Congressmsm or local polltiQ*! chieftain, "Pa ballflce, Congress too tight I ' • " - with the today's technology a great deal can be done to mechanise their jobs, O'Brien is determined to do it, and is spend' teg four times as much on this task as the department did as recently a§ 1963, With tfte pro* spend the rest of my grams be hjts Initiate^ or e*» ing taxicabs for her, ,<tQesnM look CHBriea has roa4e start in his ajwiys™be needed to pick, tP'improve the prstai service, ^ Bj»tt Jrom hundreds of thou, "M many of the tt te fflttlipns of front (fcors, ftjt Whether O'Bjien or two4Mris of oil postii workers rescue tfee postal system - employed inside tbe nation's very much In doubt. 1 ' If I flunk your course, Mr, Lamebrain, my sorority will never initiate me. "J wouldn't marry him if he were the last man on earth." He's already got a wife anyway. "If it is of any encouragement to you, I don't mind letting you know right now that I have mentioned you In my will." I had to leave my debts to somebody. "Haven't you been losing a little weight lately, George?" Boy, this guy is really putting it on. He must eat with a shove}. "I was just passing through town and thought I'd surprise you with a call." Every other girl I phoned either didn't an^ swer or already had a date. "It's such a nice night out, Millicent, it might be more pleasurable if we walked. "If this dame thinks I'm going to life rent- she's out her mind. "I love to dance with you, Walter, you're so light on your feet." But so heavy on mine! "It is always heart-warming tee would open a new investigation of corruption in the South Vietnamese government. In a report dated last Dec. 6, the adviser discussed the director-general of Vietnamese customs, Nguyen von Loc—no relation to the premier of the same name: ! "During the last several months it has become obvious/ that Director Loc has at the very least (1) condoned Important contraband smuggling operations, and (2) was promoting ; the day-to-day system of payoffs in certain areas of customs activities. "in the instance of contraband it has been difficult (but mo.re importantly — unnea«fs%~ sary to classify Loc's participation as being either personally involved for profit, facilitating smuggling on demand by those to whom he is indebted, or merely the acts of a negligent administrator. "In the second instance, that is fostering a system of tolls and payoffs as a standard system, it was apparent that Loc hod structured this system by placing 'trusted' personnel in key positions. In this area we were satisfied that Director Loc was more than merely derelict in his duty." "Loc was vulnerable, and many of his lieutenants considered the time right for confidential disclosure to their counterparts in this unit." "Loc was aware of, or at least surmised these disclosures, ancl he reacted with something resembling bravado, He said that he would welcome any information possessed by this unit indicating corruption." "It was decided that It would be useful to take Director Loc's See CORRUPTION on Page Two School of Choice Up to Parents James H, Jones, Superintendent of Schools, announced today that all parents who have children who will be six years old on or before October 1, 1968, will enroll In the school of their choice, or nearest their home, during the week of April 1, 1968, Choice forms wiV. -je given each student who Is presently enrolled In first through eleventh grade on Monday, March 11, 1968, If parents did not receive a choice from for each child in family group, notify the principal where student Is in atten- djjncf, or the superintendent's of. lice, and one will be provided, gvery effort will be made to assign pupils to the school of their choice, However, It may be that transfers will have to b« made }a order to balance the teacher load lad prevent crowding, EL DORADO, Ark, IAP) Bill Burley of El Dorado, owner of a liquor store here, was fined $100 in Municipal Court here Wednesday for possession KHE SANK WALL of empty shell casings is formed by active gun crews defending Marine position. Enemy artil lery in surrounding hills has kept the vital outpost under continual bombardment, Red Shelling Eases, 49 on Plane Killed By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - A near- record 542 Americans were killed in combat in South Vietnam last week, only one less than the highest weekly toll of the war, the U.S. Command announced today. The toll continued this week, with 24 Americans killed in ground fighting Wednesday and another 48 presumed dead in the crash of a C123 transport shot down five miles from the U.S. Marine combat base at Khe Sanh, But the U.S. Command Corruption Among the • Officials of Vietnam Leaves War in Doubt ne Jells of Heed tor Epidemic By JOHNCHADWICK Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has laced the civil rights-open housing bill with more antirlol provisions aftor a healed debate over expanding federal police powers that split the Kennedy brothers. More attempts to dilute the open-housing part of the controversy-laden legislation were In prospect today, but Wednes* day's fast-paced action centered on riot-prevention. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D- N.Y., supported a proposed amendment that would make sniping, destroying properly or other violence during a riot a federal crime, His brother, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass,, strongly opposed the amendment, which was defeated 64 to 27, Robert Kennedy said it would "change the whole complexion of the civil rights struggle" by bringing the federal government Into local law enforcement "to a degree we never contemplated when I was attorney general." His brother said It would extend FBI jurisdiction "Into every town and city," He saki Murton Is Shaken by Board Action By ED SHEARER Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) Thomas 0, Murton, the outspoken penologist who came here a year ago to Institute reform in the state prison system, was visibly shaken Wednesday night w%n'the Board of Correction ended -his hopes of becoming the new Commissioner of corrections, Murton, who will be 40 next week, apparently had resigned himself to that fact but what During this week, students have probably disturbed him most of Safety Mr. Josh Morris, Jr., an executive with Offenhauser Insurance Agency of Texarkana, was the keyhole speaker at the "Safety Week" assembly program Wednesday morning at Hope High School. % Mr. Morris emphasized in his address a need for the youth of today to start a "safety epidemic" in on attempt to curb the rising number of traffic fatalities. "! ^-Alorig'-with thVass»mbly this week, the Student Council Safety Committee, headed by Grit Stuart, has also planned a variety of tests and activities for the student body to take part in. there had been no determination whether the FBI wanted this or had the manpower to handle it. A proposed anUlootlng amendment raised the question of "whether we want to change our form of government." It also was rejected. Sen, Russell B. Long, D-La., See RIGHTS BILL on Page Two El Dorado Placed Under Curfew EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) Mayor I. L. Posses declared a stato of emergency In El Dora* do today and placed the city under curfew because of recent bottle and rock throwing Incl* dents Involving Negro and white teen-agers. Authorities said Mololov cocktails wore tossed outskle two business establishments Wednesday night. Only minor damage was reported. Two persons were arrested Wednesday, officials said. The incidents reportedly stem from the accqulttal last week of a 17-year-old El Dorado white youth who was charged with the murder of a 19-year-okJ'El Dorado Negro. been checked by Council members on their driving abilities while entering and leaving campus. A cartoon contest and a safe driving contest are being held also, with cash prizes for the winners. Nozorenes Plan a Revival Here Hope Church of the Nazarenes, 513 S. Elm, will begin a revival service March 10 and it will continue through March 17 with services beginning each night at 7:30 o'clock. The evangelist will be the Rev. Johnnie W. McGuffey of Tyler, Texas. He began his ministry in 1939 In Vidor, Texas. In Tyler, while a pastor, he built a new church. He was Intru- mental In organizing two new churches. In 1941 he enlisted in the USAF and later served as chaplain of the Civil Air Patrol, a position he now holds in Tyler, Texas wing. The public is invited by the pastor, the Rev, George Prentice. Junior Play Tickets How was the way the board left his status hanging In the air by giving evasive answers on whether or not Murton would be fired as superintendent of Cummins Prison Farm. The board met In executive session for G'A hours, including 3"/2 with Murton but when newsmen were finally granted a brief news conference the board refused to take a definite stand on the Murton issue other than to say he would not be commissioner of corrections. Board Chairman John Haley of Uttle Rock said the board had "some specific objections" to Murton 1 s "administrative AP News Digest WASHINGTON Senate investigators launch a study of U.S. troop commitments to check whether reserve strength has dropped below safe Iflvels. Czech defector Jan Sojna rose spectacularly from farm worker to general, U.S. intelligence sources say. -. Thoi, Senate has Inserted more antirlot provisions in the civil rights-open housing bill after a heated debate that split the Kennedy brothers. President Johnson charts a political course calculated to preserve his noncandldate status up to the evo of the Democratic national convention In August. NATIO NAL Special rescue teams arrive by helicopter at an Isolated salt mine In Louisiana where 21 men are trapped. Joseph W, Martin Jr., a Republican leader who served as Speaker of the House, dies at 83, He was a member of Congress for 42 years. About the time America's first three Apollo astronauts rocket into space, Navy divers plan to move into a home deep In the Pacific Ocean to live in another area challenging man. Still Alive By VERNON A. GtflDRY Jr. Associated Press Writer CALUMET, La. (AP) - Two rescue experts rode a creaky, makeshift elevator 1,200 feet down a murky shaft early today to an area where 21 wilt miners had been trapped more than 30 hours. They fount! a fair supply of oxygen and heard a motor running. "There Is some reason to be encouraged, some to be discouraged," said F. Clayton Tonm- maker, a vice president of Cargill, Inc., owners of the coastal salt mine. "Tho mendW not sea anyone, saw no lights, heard no (human) sounds," Tonnamaker said the fact the two troubloshooters heard a dlesel motor running was encouraging because of the fact it could not run unattended more, than 30 hours—and the men had been Isolated longer than that, "This loads us to believe that someone started the dlesel after the fire/' hesaid. The rescue specialists said they saw a "red glow" In the distance. "The red glow means there Is a small fire In the area of the mine's fan," Tonnamaker said. "It Is a small fire, not much flame. When the next two men go down, If there Is no problem, they'll get It out In about lOmin- utes." Fire meant oxygon was In the area, A Carglll spokesman said there was a "pretty fair" supply of oxygen at the bottom of the shaft, enough to sustain life. Another exploratory trip down the fire-blackened mine shaft was delayed while workmen placed a protective cover over the small elevator, On the first trip, one man was slightly injured when a chunk 6f salt fell, striking hill shoulder. Bullhorns were to be used on return trio* fn hooflS of. cominu* See SIGNS GOOD on Page Two School Vote Set Tuesday See MURTON IS on Page Two All Around Town By The Star Stiff on Sole The Hope High School Junior Class is selling tickets to Us one big fund-raising activity, the Junior Play, "One Mad Night," a thre&mct comedy-mystery is the story of a playwright who returns to his mansion which has a reputation for being haunted, only to find that the house is being tenanted by harmless lunatics under the care of a doctor, Everyone will have laughs from lunatics who scare the play, wrlgbt ancj his Chinese valet,One of the inmates is a young firl over- V |u) is beta^ wronged, When he decides to help her, the sparks FUNCTION 1 Tl - Registration for first grade 5{ ar j flying and a series o'f children will be at the following ny escapades begin, schools: The business stall lor the Beryl Henry, Brook wood, Gar- pjay Includes Juanne Reynolds land, Guernseyj Hopewell, Pals- ancl Susan McCain, Managers, ley, Shover Street, Assistants are: Donna Connel- of registration April 1 to Jy, Gayna Clark, Linda Goocb Qn (Page to 3:30 p,m, each P|m Butler, A reminder to parents whose children have brought them work forms to bo filled out.. .please return the forms as soon as possible. . .It's a questionnaire asking how many members of a family work on some government financed installation, .the purpose Is to determine If a sizeable increase in school enumeration has been caused by such installations, , .if so, the Hope District would be eligible for some additional government aid created by U.S. projects In this area, A reminder of the fish supper sponsored by the Fulton Cemetery Association scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday at White's cafe In Fulton ,,, the supper will be from 6 to 8 p,m, and you can have all the Buffalo fish you can eat for |1.50 fur adults and 75 cents for children. Group 4 of the Arkansas Bankers Association meets March 11 at Howard JohnsonCenter in Texarkana, , ,the social hour will be at Texarkana Country Club, nested by the Texarkaoa banks, ,, .Mitchell LaGrone, vice pr»s» Went of Citizens National Bank of Hope is secretary treasurer of Group 4, Private Earl R. Co*, 20, sou of Mrs, Joyce M. Coy of Hope, Ark, has completed aa Infantry mechanic course at tae Army Officials to serve in the annual school elections scheduled for Tuesday March 12 hav« been announced. The polls open at fl a. rn. and close at 8:30 p.m. There are no Issues on the ballot, Just the regular district mlllage. HOPE: Administration Build- Ing; Mrs. Cecil O'Steen, Mrs, Steven Bader, Mrs. Chester Hunt, Mrs. John R. Pierce, Mrs, Cannon Hoills, Rev. Gordon R«n- shaw, BLEVINS: Lester Wade, Mrs, Ralph Boyce, Mrs, Dale Bonds, Mrs. Russell Stephens, Hillary Nolen. CLOW; Eldrew Gamble, Mrs. Irene May, James Sampson, Mrs, Ora Bell Stewart. McCASKILL; Mrs, Melvln A.s- Icew, Mrs, Wendell Stone, Mrs. Marshall Scott, Cleve Hamilton, Jess Ttnsley, PATMOS: Patmos Town Hall; Mrs, Bryan Camp, Mrs, Melvln Joy, Mrs, Tommle Gibson, Mrs, Verdo Hoills, Clinton Natch, Eldredge Formby, SPRING HILL: Mrs, Hugh Gar- Whltfleld Masonic Lodge No, n«r, Mrs, Arch Turner, Mrs. 239 will confer a Masters De- Mary Wilson, Sid Slnytrd, Marlon gree Friday, March 8 at 7:30 Morris. n,m SARATOGA: Columbus; Mrs, T. M. McCorkle, Mrs, Robert Mrs, Kenneth Cornelius and Sip«s, Mrs, David Mitchell, Mrs, family have moved to 1307 S, W, A, Dawns, Mrs, Johnnie WU- Elrn In Hope from Ft, Walton son. Beach, Florida, , , Mrs, Corn* McNAft Mrs, Ennls Me, llus, the former Barbara Polk, Dowell, Mrs, Edna Wells, Mrs, will remain here with the two Reba Erwln, Mrs, C. D, Brown, children while Sgt, Cornelius ful- Manon Clayton, fills a tour of duty In Korea, SARATOGA^ Herapstead Co,; Mrs, toy Mebley, Mrs, C. A, Methodist Kindergarten child-Bowles, Mrs, Wiley DWard, Mrs, ren visited Citizen's Bank Tues- Willie McJunklns, Infantry School, Fort Bennine, Ga. . .during the seven-week course he was trained In the maintenance and repair of wheeled and track vehicles In Infantry units,.. he also received Instruction In the operation of power systems and suspension assemblies In Infantry vehicles. day and were shown through by Mitchell UGrone, vice-president and cashier , , , from tt» Kindergarten group Bill Bruotr acted as M,P, and traffic officers were Andy LaGrone and David Barranco. Grease from frying fish caugbt Qr« it tt» Bill RalflterOt bomeoa South Elm atout 6p.m,yesUrc|ay resulting In consider»blt(tara»g« to the kitchen, city firemen rt* port , , , ftrenwo also put 014* grass Bre on sputa Walker,,, QO damage resulted, W. D. Gath- rlgbt, SARATOGA - Howard Co. Mrs, J, T, McJunkifls, Mrs, Morris Sanders, Mrs, Jimmy Collar- Okay, Mrs, J, E, P*laa*y, Mrs. £4 Fonlaifl*!. WASHINGTON: Mrs, Robert Watson, Mrs, Eunice Long. Mrs, F. V. Porterfield, Mrs f G, M, Sooemakar, Mrs, Moss Rowe, Mrs, Gip Martin, Mrs, Russell RjQwe, Mrs, Margaret May, 05JAN: Mjrs, W, T. HU1, Mrs, T. T. Rows, Mrs, Bertie Nort wood. Mrs, Earl Robin, Mrs, " ' Hiftes. Rijsh Mes,

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