Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on March 21, 1968 · Page 12
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Hope, Arkansas
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Thursday, March 21, 1968
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The tragedy of Man; He starts off with a Country - and winds up with a Government! I Our Daily Bread !•* Printed by Offset city Sttbwf ftersi ff fit fell to PK i "343 1 -SMoriMr tufcn at HI tf.it, ua i atttit »ni Mifit it* T AIM. H. WMMNffl Arkansas Heads for Showdown on Prohibition fraud Staf ofHop*. 1899, Pfessl927 Cons&ltdttW January 16, 1§2§ MJK, AWUNJAS, THURSDAY, MARCH 21,1968 Member) Associated Pre»s * Audit Btima of ClreutaKon* At. M Circulation 6 mos, sitting Sept. 50,1161 -3,211 ma uc be sleeping political volcano which was the question why hundreds of private clubs are perjnltted to sell liquor by the drink when the right to purchase Is denied the unprivileged class, finally erupted yesterday. ;, Officers from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board raided the plush Top of the Rock Club in Little Rock and seized Us liquor supply. Since Gov. Rockefeller is a member of the Top of the Rock it is to be presumed yesterday's action serves notice on all private clubs in the state that sale of mixed drinks is ended. As a long-time "wet" newspaper The Star applauds yesterday's action against the private clubs. They represent democracy at its worst—establishing a privileged class above the common herd. The Star opposes special - Interest laws, stands against prohibition whether statewide or by local option —and fought for democracy in two Hempstead local option elections ... beating the "drys" In 1936, but losing to them in 1946 when overpowered by money and organization. Cue curious question is how private clubs operating in "dry" counties manage to supply themselves with alcohol. State police say state law forbids the private citizen from transporting more than one case of beer regardless how many persons are In the car. How then do private clubs Import.-V Into: this "dry" county enough beer to supply scores of members'.? State law may prohibit, -but obviously the enforcement isselective \ Ah honest newspaper trying to implement the democratic pro- v i ce cess has no option, therefore, but o n 1 to sSipport the "wet" side -de-, minding equal rights formal! citizens, not special privilege for a r few. . .State - wide, Arkansas Is morally obligated to abandon the pretense: that any form of liquor prohibition is either enforceable or desirable —and to bolster its tax revenues with reasonably- regulated liquor sales as other states do. This moral question is emphasized by the fact that we tax the poor 3 per cent on their purchase of necessities while rejecting to a great extent the tax revenue that should be available from the sale of liquor, a luxury. More immoral, still, Is the picture on local option. Hempstead "virtuously" voted liquor out in 1946 yet continues to collect from the .state general fund the same percentage of liquor tax levied on sales in Texarkana and other "wet" areas that it collected before 1946. This is hypocrisy at its lowest. Two developments appear following yesterday's raid on the Top of the Rock: 1, Rumor has it that the pri- .vate clubs are being struck in order to generate heat for passage of a bill to legalize sale of mixed drinks. 2. The "dry" Arkansas Gazette amended its long-time editorial position this morning and came out with the following statement; ; "What's needed Is statutory authority for the sale of mixed drinks in (1) authentic • : private clubs in wet counties and (2) hotels and restaurants with certain minimum aceomodattons (in wet coun- ., ties), all under tight licensing and regulation by the ABC; This is the only rea* : sonaWe recourse under the ABC's policy and the only defensive solution for the conflict between law and reality that has prevailed," If you have trouble understanding the Gazette The Star has a program you can't possibly rots* understand; . Abolish local option, install state * owned liquor package .stores |o every eoijm>seat town ^and. pick up enough tax revenue to make boosting the state sales tax to 4 per cent unnecessary. We would go along with the ; sale of mixed drinks & respon^ sible hotels, motels and restaurants «t>ut only if local option |s abolished. The stipulation for "wet" counties only is merely the Gazette's way of saying the big towns ought to be helped «*&{ no oajj cares whaj happens to the small ones. f«am viittt Technical §«heei H«r« Fighting Again Breaks Out in Middle East as Israeli Invade Jordan Withdrawal Follows U.S. Plea Rockefeller Won't Be a Candidate NEW YORK (AP)-Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller said today that he is not a candidate and will not campaign directly or Indirectly for the presidency of the United States. The 59-year-old three-term governor said lie had concluded that most of tlie GOP's leaders want the candidacy for former President Richard M. Nix/'Rockefeller, who conceded the nomination to Nixon ln % 1960 and , lost it to Sen. Barry Gowwater In 1964, said he had decided he "could not truthfully claim" a Republican following big enough to win. "By the very nature of our political system we must operate through and not outside one of the major political parties," Rockefeller said. NEW "YORK (AP) - GOV. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York makes his long-awaited announcement today 'as to whether he is a candidate for the Republican nomination for president, c h alien g i n gthe front-runner, Richard M. Nixon. Rockefeller is scheduled to announce his decision at a press conference in New York City at 2 p.m. EST today. He has three major options. They are: 1. He can leave his name on the ballot for the Oregon presidential primary, May 28, and go into the state to campaign In a head-to-head battle with Nixon. He would thus officially be In the race. 2. He can leave it there but not actively campaign in the The Red River Vocational Technical School was host yesterday to a research team from out of state. The team Inspected the facilities and heard progress, operating and plans for the future by the staff. The group stated they were Impressed with the programs seen. The Blevins schools were^visited also. Left to right: Dr. Norman H. Krlesman, Responsive , Envlroments Corp., Washington, D.C.; J. J. Pickren, Director of Instruction of RRVTS; J. C. Ruppert, director of Industry Services, State Department of Education, Little Rock; C. R. Eddins, director, Manpower Training, U.S. Office of Education, Dallas; Dr. Frank H. Trotman, director, Industrail Research and Extension Center, U of A, Little Rock; J. W. Rowe, director of RRVTS and Dr. Samuel M. Burti Upjohn Institute, Washington, D.C. $3 Billion More for War Is Earmarked for Sending More Troops By cAlOJP'i^UBSDORF Johnson har decided to send Associated Press Writer ' 35,000 more men to Vietnam. -* Fulbright has been demand- - Hope Star photo Kennedy Goes Into Deep South WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Robert F. Kennedy takes his presidential candidacy to the .deep South's University of Alabama today where he oversaw racial integration in 1963 as attorney general. Young Democrats at the Tuscaloosa campus were waiting with an endorsement, they'd switched from Sen. Eugene J. .McCarthy—and a resolution urging McCarthy to get out of " 167 Enemy Killed in Saigon Area By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - Despite In- telllgence reports that many of the Viet Cong menacing Saigon have pulled back toward the Cambodian border, allied forces reported killing 167 Viet Cong close to the capital Wednesday, and 15 enemy shells landed on Saigon's Tan Son Nhut Airport. The Viet Cong were slain In the 50,000-man Operation Quyet Thong, the biggest allied offensive of the war. In a one-sided fight 15 miles northwest of Saigon, 142 guerrillas were reported killed against only one American and seven South Vietnamese dead. Four miles southwest of the city South Vietnamese rangers reported killing 25 Viet Cong at the cost of four wounded troops. These actions Increased enemy casualties in Operation Quyet Thang to more than 1,000 killed since the sweep began March U. Ninety-six other enemy troops were reported killed In five battles ranging north to the demilitarized zone Wednesday. One GI died in these clashes and 15 were wounded, vimile South Vietnamese losses were seven dead and 20 wounded. Little damage was done to Tan Son Nhutj one of the , world's busiest airports, in the AP News Digest MIDDLE EAST Israeli farces Invade Jordan, attacking Arab guerrilla bases on th« oast bonk of the Jordan river. VIETNAM Congressional sources say the Johnson administration Is expected to ask soon for $3,3 billion mor« for the Vlotnnm war. By ED BLANCHE Associated Press Writer • TEL AVIV (AP>-An t»MMli Invasion force drove deep Intd Allied forces kill 142 Viet Cong Jordan along a 200-mtl* front to« In a battle 15 mtlos northwest of day to avenp a aortas of gwer* Saigon, Fifteen enemy rounds WASHINGTON (AP) Congressional sources say the administration is expected scon , to '.ask '$3.3 billion more for the Vietnam war, a request likely to spark another round of war policy debate on Capitol Hill. / The sources said Wednesday that about half the still tentative request would be earmarked for sending about "35,000 more U.S. troops to the war zone— a reported manpower move already under sharp congressional attack. Defense Department officials told Congress in January they did not estimate any need for a supplement to defense funds voted last year, barring unforeseen emergencies. But their statements came just days before the Viet Cong launched its massive Tet offensive. Chairman J. W. Fulbright, D- Ark., of the Foreign Relations Committee, said meanwhile that reported advance notice from the White House to key Congress members on troop increases "is exactly the sort of thing I've been complaining about." Reports on Capitol Hill say some Congress members already have been told President See ROCKEFELLER (on page two) Liquor Seised at Top off Rock Club, Members Amused, Disgruntled By GEORGE F, BARTSCH Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (ApWTwen- ty<eight partially filled fifths of assorted liquors were seized in a raid Wednesday on Uttle Rock's plush Top of the Rock Club, which numbers Gpv, Winthrop Rockefeller among l$s members, Harrel Hughes, director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, and Emil Urban, jts chief enforcement officer, said it would be up to "our legal department" if any charges or arrests were made. The raW was conducted under provisions of an ABC regulation prohibiting the sale or storage of liquor in establishments licensed to sell beer. The yuje Rock County Club and the Riverdale Country Club reportedly closed- their bars about two hours prior to the Top of the RP<*"raW. Rockefeller is a member of both. Abpu,t 30 persons were in the ft cjufc when Hughes and Urban «« walked in about 5:30 p.m., pre« sented a cease and desist order to Dining Room Manager Charles Crawford and began inventorying the liquor supply. There was little excitement among the members, most of whom left while the raid was in progress. Mrs, Pat Aldridge, tlie club manager! was "at home" when the raid began, but walked in shortly after the liquor was carted out in several cardboard cartons. She declined comment. The cease and desist order was in the form of a letter dated March 20 and addressed to the president and members of the board of the Top of the Rock. It said in part: "You are hereby notified to forthwith cease and desist from selling, dispensing or serving alocholic beverages in the form of mixed §§§ LIQUOR ing that Congress be consulted before such decisions are rondo. "Any increase would be/a serious matter," he said in an interview. "Do they mean 35,000 now and 35,000 more In a few months, or what do they mean? Those are the sort of questions that should be asked before any decision is made." He added that White House conferences with congressional leaders do not contribute his idea of full consultation, nor do contacts between individual senators and the administration. "They get four or five people together and tell them, 'This Is See $3 BILLION On (Page 11) 19 Arkansas Counties in Poor Zone WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government announced Wednesday a $10 million program designed to attack starvation and malnutrition among the nation's poor — including persons In 19 Arkansas counties. The joint operation of the Departments of Agriculture and Health, Education and Welfare' and the Office of Economic Opportunity provides emergency food and medical aid. More than half the 21 states included in the program are in the South were $5 million will be used immeidatejy to reach the hungry and nwlnorished with food and medical attention. Arkansas counties included in the program were; Chicot, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Fulton, Jefferson, lee, Lincoln, Madison, Mississippi, Monroe, Newton, Poinsett, Searcy, Sharp, St. Francis, Stone and Woodruff. Arkansas Gl Killed In War WASHINGTON (AP) v The Defense Department announced Wednesday that Navy Hospital Corpsman Lpoflie J. Crismon, spa of Mr. «W<1 Mrs. Fred Cris- roon of the Attica Community (Randpjf County), was killed In action in Vietnam March 9, while on detail abpuj 10 miles south of the Da Hang Marine "offers the country a more realistic and In many ways better, alternative to the present administration." A federal force under the New York Democrat's directorship entered the University of Alabama In June 1963 despite then Gov. George C. Wallace's "schoolhouse door" stand against integration at the Tuscaloosa campus. On the Republican side, New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller makes his long-awaited announcement on whether he's a GOP presidential candidate, challenging Richard M. Nixon. • Political observers agreed he'd run at the eleventh hour but a top Rockefeller aide said, "There is still a deep division In our own ranks" on advisability of the governor's getting into the race. McCarthy, meanwhile— with an array of Johnson administration officials campaigning against him in Wisconsin—said See KENNEDY On (Page Two) Foils Escape of Man About to Be Tried LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A body block "at the pass" stopped an escape attempt Wednesday by John Earl Alexander, 29, of Memphis, who was awaiting trial at the Pulaskl County Court House, Alexander dashed out of a restroom, which he had asked to use as he awaited a hearing before Circuit Judge William J, Klrby on four charges of pass* ing bad checks, Deputy Prosecutor Lee M«n* son was conversing with Bill Butler, a Little Rock attorney, when Alexander burst out of the fourth floor restroom, Munson, Butler and Court BaJiff p,B f Frederick gave pur* suit down the steps to the third floor, Munson headed Alexander off by taking another corridor and knocked him to the floor as Butler and Frederick arrived. Alexander had escaped Little Rock Police earlier and was captured at a road block. Memphis authorities said he had e&> caped them earlier. While Alex» ander was waiting for- trial, au-> tnorities found saw blades and a partially sawed bar In Ws cell. weapons were fired from within 1,000 yards of the field, and AC47 Dragon Ships were dispatched to hunt them. Spokesmen said results of the Dragon- Ship counterattack were not known. It was the first shelling of Ton Son Nhut In three weeks. The recent slowdown in the fighting after the furious combat of the Communist lunar new year offensive In February was reflected In the weekly casualty report announced today. American, South Vietnamese and enemy casualties last week were all considerably less than they had been the week before. Casualties announced for last week were: American — 336 killed, 1,916 wounded; South Vietnamese -267 killed, 962 wounded, 181 missing; Viet Cong and North Vietnamese — 3,070 killed. The figures the week before were: American — 509 killed, 2,766 wounded; South Vietnamese - 411 killed, 1,199 wounded, 98 missing Enemy — 5,168 killed. For the first time In months See 167 ENEMY enemy land on Saigon's airport, POLITICS Gov, Nalson A. Rockefeller announces today whether ho ls« candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Most observers predict he'll run. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy takes his presidential campaign Into the Deep South with a visit to the University of Alabama today. WASHINGTON U.S. officials say they consider letters home from the Pueblo captives as a new North Korean bid to wrest an apology from President Johnson* Howard University shuts down after students seize and occupy the school to protest university policies. Democratic leader Mike Mansfield says he will urge the Senate to cut Johnson's $2.9 billion foreign aid request "to tho bare bones." UiS. naval strategists express concern that an impending visit by Soviet warships to Indian ports may be a prelude to Soviet penetration of the Indian Ocean. Sen. John Tower stys the fate of the F11 IB, Navy version o|the TFX warplane, hinges on aircraft carrier tests, NATIONAL Actor Gary Grant took weekly "trips" on LSD, Dyan Cannon, his 30-year-old wife, claims In testimony at her divorce hearing. Space age techniques that enable man to test the moon's soil without setting foot on It are being used to discover new gold and sliver deposits on earth. Publisher Guest of LBJ WASHINGTON (AP) - Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Patterson Jr. of Little Hock were guests Wednesday night of President and Mrs. Johnson at a White House dinner In honor of President Alfredo Stroessner of Paraguay. Patterson Is publisher of the Arkansas Gazette. El Dorado Sgt. Killed EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) Mr, and Mrs. Arley Haby Jr. of El Dorado were notified Wednesday that their son, Marine Sgt. Kenneth T. Haby, was killed Saturday In fighting near Quang Trl, Vietnam, On (Page Two) All Around Town By The Stir Stiff Named an executor of an estate this local resident naturally went through some old papers of the deceased and discovered a insurance dividend check in the sum of ? 12,24 which had never been cashed , , . the check was issued by Aetna Insurance Co., Hartford, Conn, on March 8, 1936 , , . notified of the check the Aetna Company issued a new one, thus the dividend was paid after 32 years . , . it is doubt- fid that very many checks this old would be honored, but then Aetna's reputation has always been the best, Hope Youth Center is sponsoring a dance Saturday, March ^3, at 8 p,rn, featuring Radio Station KEEL's newest disc jockey, Gary Hamilton , , , he puts on quite a show and will give away about $75. worth of top hit records to winners of various contests, spot dancers etc, , , ail high school aod col* leg« students of the area are iovited, Mrs. Paui Klips>ch, regent, John Cain Chapter, OAR, Mrs, Richards Howard, parliamen- and Gall Tyer, page, ar« attending the 60th annual convention of the Arkansas Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, at Holiday Inn, Fort Smith. Consider this -In the past 10 days this area has had a fraction over seven Inches of rain yet the weekly report from Millwood Lake has 16,665 persons visiting ... you would just have to be a real hearty fisherman to go out tn weather like this. The City's plan to spend a $350,000 surplus on streets is welcomed by niaoy residents .., remember, these same residents voted down a proposed $750,000 bond issue for street work ear* Her this year , , , nowhere in the city does the mention of street wort hit a sore spot more than residents of the Paisley School area aod persons who take their children to school.,. for owe solid year this entire section has teea either a sea of mud or In a fog of dust aad toe end is not in sight. rllla raids, then began a. planned withdrawal once the "police action" to wjp« out ter» rorlst bases was accomplished, an army spokesman said. The daylong righting that began at dawn with helicopter drops of assault teams and followed with downs of jet bomber strafing runs cost Israel IS dead and 70 wounded, according to tho spokesman. The Israelis reported killing at least 150 El Fatah terrorists and sold they had Inflicted heavy casualties on the Jordanian army. They claimed destroying 13 tanks and capturing two. Prime Minister Lev! Eshkol, who watched much of the fight- Ing from a command post over* looking the Jordan Valley, had" said earlier that the troops' would be pulled out "on schedule." The withdrawal—came after Britain and the United States called on Israel to pull back It* forces, but Informants here said it had nothing to do with these appeals and called the, withdrawal a "planned phase of the operation." At .the -height of the fighting; Israeli am* Egyptian positions exchangad fir* at Great Bitter Lake on the Suez Canal, but (he clash was small and no casualties were reported In Tel Aviv. Jordan's chief of military Intelligence estimated up to 15,000 Israeli troops crossed tho Jor* dan, Including three armored brigades and their tanks. It was the first major Israeli move Into Arab territory since the Middle East war In Juno, A Tel Aviv spokesman said ono Israeli jet had boon downed by ground fire, but that tho pilot had balled out and was safe behind his own lines. He denied a Jordanian claim that Its forces had killed 200 of the invaders, destroyed 42 tanks and armored cars and shot down three of Israel's French- mode Mystere jots. "Our casualties aro surprls Ifigly low for this kind of engagement," ho .said. AP correspondent Eric Gott- gotreu, reporting from a hill near Jericho said Israeli pianos screamed overhead unopposed to pound Arab positions on the east bank. King Hussein called for an Immediate Arab summit mating but Issued a statement that expressed dissatisfaction with other Arab governments, Israel, h« said, "Is aware that we aro satisfied to talk of Arab unity without seriously working to build it up in union ami strength." A spokesman suid Hussein had b«en in telephone contact with Fgypt, Syria and Iraq. The Lsraells denied a Jordanian army claim that its forces had killed or wounded 200 of the invaders, destroyed 35 tanks are! iirmor«l cars and shot down three Israeli planes. "No Israeli planes have been lost so far, and our casualties are surprisingly low for an engagement of this size," a spokesman said. Israeli military sources said Israeli jets were in action along the border and that the strikes were "quite heavy." Mull Believed Browned FAYETTEY1LLE, Ark, (AP) - Washington County authorities were se caching Wednesday night for the tody of Heery Coe, 75, of Springdale, \*hp was believed drowned when his ear was sept into ratn swollen Clear Creek, about four miles aorta* west of here. I

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