Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on April 8, 1968 · Page 6
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The tragedy of Man: He starts off with a Country - and winds up with a Government! Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor Alex. H. Washburn Why Isn't Malvern to Arkadelphia Link of 1-30 Open? H ope and Prescott are reconciled to the fact that ours will be the last section of Interstate Highway 30 completed In Arkansas—but the continuing delay In the opening of a link east of here calls for an explanation from the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads and the Arkansas Highway Commission, Our local section won't be finished for probably two years — but to the east of us the Malvern- Arkadelphia section was reported scheduled for opening this Spring, which report is being contradicted today by disturbing rumors. Local citizens hear this story: On the approach to the Ouachita River bridge the Interstate 30 roadway borders the river and construction Is being hampered by repeated bank erosion and damage to the roadbed. Not only is this river-bank stretch still unpaved but so are several miles of the rest of the Malvern-Arkadelphia road —all waiting on a single paving job, but delayed, so the story goes, by erosion damage on the bridge approach. We aren't in the habit of publishing rumors—but the long delay on the Malvern-Arkadelphia road makes us suspect the rumor is true, and that completion of this link may not be much nearer than our own section of Interstate 30. So the publication of this particular rumor may serve a useful purpose — forcing authorities to make a public statement: Yes or No on the fact of river damage to the roadbed. With the implication, if true, that someone has made a monumental engineering blunder. We'll wait on a reply from Little Rock, and it should come jointly from state and federal authorities. Burglars Hit Fulton and Washington Burglars hit three stores and the Post Office at Washington last night and got several thousand dollars worth of merchandise and cash. One Fulton store was hit but most the merchandise taken was recovered. Etter Hardware Store at Washington was entered through a back window and some $150 in tools were taken. The safe of the U.S. Post Office at Washington was peeled but officers did not reveal what was taken. Dudney's Store was entered, the safe cracked, and an estimated $1,000 in money and merchandise stolen. Also hit was Jolly Stuart's Drug Store where from $500 to $GOO in money and merchandise taken. Ina Logan's Store and station at Fulton was also entered during the night but most of the missing merchandise was found hidden in grass and weeds near the establishment. Officers speculated the thief must have been scared off before completing the robbery, State Police Investigator Travis Ward and Sheriff Jimmie Griffin are investigating along with a U.S. Postal inspector, Humphrey to Speak at U. A. FAYETTEVJLLE, Ark. (AP) -*Dr, David Mullins, president of the University of Arkansas, has announced that Vice President Hubert Humphrey will deliver the spring commencement address at the institution. Commencement exercises are set for June 1, Humphrey, considered a top contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, will address 950 seniors and candidates for professional and graduate degrees. Parishioners Against Request MOSQUERO, N.M. (AP) - Parishoners at St. Joseph's Homan Catholic Church failed to listen to their pastor Sunday, voting 28-1 not to remove an old winemill that blocks the view from the priest's bedroom. The Rev. WlUord Savard said J)e was the only one voting to remove the unused windmill that some • townspeople want kept for sentimental reasons. Hope V0169-NO. 150-10 Pages Star of Mope, 189d, Press 192? Consolidated January 18, 1529 ** low* I ** HOPE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, APRIL 8,1968 Member: Associated Press 4 Audit Bureau of Circulations Av. Net Circulation 6 mos, ending Sept, 36,1967 -3,27ft Civil Rights Bill Passage Urged by LBJ By STERLING F. GREEN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson has dispatched ur* gent appeals to congressional leaders for swift passage of his civil rights bill. The new pleas for legislative speed were disclosed by government officials Sunday night just after Johnson ordered 2.000 Army regulars to Baltimore. Washington was quieting with 11,600 troopers in her streets; 5,000 more patrolled Chicago. There were signs that Congress, jarred by the looting, burning and violence almost on its doorstep, would heed Johnson's plea and seek House action this week on the Senate- passed civil rights bill. House Republican L/eader Gerald Ford indicated he might drop his opposition to an early vote, but made no promise. He guaranteed only that he would make an early decision. Johnson flew over the still- smoking ruins of the capital's burned-out Inner-city areas late Sunday In a helicopter. With him was Gen. William C. Westmoreland. The American commander in Vietnam, who spent almost two days conferring with Johnson and high presidential advisers before starting the trip back to Saigon. Ford was one of a number of congressional leaders, it was learned, to whom Johnson sent Indiana Blast Leaves 39 Persons Dead and 33 Others Missing RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) Weary searchers continue today tugging at the wreckage of buildings shattered by an explosion which struck the business area as shoppers" crowded streets and shops. Thirty-nine bodies had been recovered and 33 other persons were reported missing. Fire followed the Saturday explosion in this eastern Indiana city and spread to adjacent buildings. Three buildings were destroyed and five damaged severely in a two-block area. Windows were shattered for blocks around. More than 100 persons were injured. Eighteen remained in hospitals today, three In critical condition. State police said the blast erupted in the basement of Marting Arms Co., a sporting goods store where gunpowder was stored for hunters and skeet shooters. Richmond Fire Marshal Fred Klotz said a large shipment of gunpowder reportedly was delivered to the store Washington Ripped by Violence By GAYLORD SHAW Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The letters urging prompt action on nation's capital, its riot-ripped the civil rights bill and its hotly Negro slums in the grip of rigid military control, took a few ten- debated open-housing provisions. House Democratic Leader Carl Albert of Oklahoma was another. Previously made public was a letter to House Speaker John W. McCormack in which Johnson termed the rights bill "the most immediate" of "the many actions Congress can take." His letters also asked prompt passage of two other bills aimed at easing slum tensions and dealing with the disorders which reached a crescendo after the assassination in Memphis of Dr. Martin Luther King, Negro apostle of nonviolence. One was the omnibus housing bill, with its long-term goal of 10 million low-Income dwellings. The other was an anticrime bill, stalled since last session. Ford said he favors the rights bill but has insisted that it be worked over in a House-Senate conference committee, to remove what he considers defects, before the House acts. Prisoners Walk Off at Tucker TUCKh'K PttisuN t-AKM, Ark. (AP)-Staton Neal, 33, of Moffett, Okla., and Leroy Hanley, 2<, of Memphis, walked off a work detail and escaped here Saturday. Neal was serving one year from Sebastian County for escape and Hanley was serving five years from Craighead County for robbery. city's deserted sunny Palm Sun- tative steps toward resuming its weekday routine today and pushed plans to aid the hungry and homeless. Four confirmed sniping incidents were reported as 11,600 troops, carrying unloaded rifles, patroled the streets on a day. They firmly enforced a late afternoon curfew, virtually halting the arson and looting that had raged for three days in this city of 800,000people— 500,000 of them Negroes. Police blamed 6 deaths and 961 injuries on the rioting that followed the assassination Thursday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They reported 4,800 ar- restsand 751 fires since the violence began. Damage was estimated unofficially at $10 million. Mayor Walter Washington, saying the situation was "well in hand," announced schools, businesses and government agencies would reopen at their normal times today. Schools and government offices were ordered to close 90 minutes early, and businesses at 4 p.m., so streets could be cleared by the time a 6 p.m. curfew begins. The curfew began at 4 p.m. Sunday, as it had on Saturday, and troops and police stopped— See WASHINGTON on Page Two Military Has 20,000 Troops Against Riots and More Available By FRED S. HOFFMAN A p Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Army, which has thrown nearly 20,000 regular troops into the battle against riots in U.S. cit» ies, has another 22,000 ready to go. These comprise 11 brigades in varying states of alert, most prepared to move out on from one-hour notice. Pentagon sources said. Some of them are specially organized provisional brigades made up of engineers, artillerymen and other combat and combat-support troops. But, like infantrymen and paratroopers, they have received riot control training. The sources said still more brigades are being formed in anticipation ol possible need. Air Force transports have been posted strategically around the country, awaiting call. In this connection, no Air Reserve troop-carrier units have been called up or placed on ex» tended training duty for the purpose, However, the Air Force said some reserve volunteers have stepped forward to help out and a total of 96 Air Reserve C119 and C124 transport planes have been used In the emergency airlift of regular troops. The Air Force said it was impossible to identify the units from which the reserve volunteers had come. The Army already has called into use a brigade of soldiers whose normal mission Is to serve as school troops for the training of new officers at Fort Benning, Ga. So far, the army has committed, or moved Into position to commit, seven brigades from Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Ft. Hood, Tex.; Ft. Carson, Colo., and Ft. Benning. It also has brought into play a considerable part of an armored cavalry regiment, a ceremonial battalion, and a variety of military police, transportation and service units of battalion size. Thousands to March at Memphis By BOB GILBERT Associated Press Writer MEMPHIS, Tenn, (AP) Thousands of mourning Negroes and civil rights leaders marched from a grey stone church toward the ultramodern city hail today in silent tribute to the man who had planned to lead them, the slain Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The marchers walked in ranks of eight, but on the front row there was a vacant space. That was where King would have been. They stepped off at 10:16 a.m. CST. In the front ranks were Percy Sutton, Manhattan, N.Y., bur- ough president; Charles Cogin, president of the American Federation of Teachers; Jerry Wurf, international president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employes; Walter Reuther, president of the United Auto Workers, and his wife. Many of the marchers wore black bands on their arms and carried signs identifying their organizations. King, assassinated here Thursday, had come to Memphis to aid the strikers. Representatives of the city and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employes huddled for 18 hours with Undersecretary of Labor James Reynolds, sent here Saturday by President Johnson to mediate the dispute. The session began at 10 a.m. Sunday and continued early today, with only a short lunch break. Mayor Henry Loeb joined the talks about 2 a.m. However, the negotiators- Teddy Jones, Manager of the with representatives of both Hope Office of the Employment sld es shaking their heads silent- Security Division, said today that **7-iUed out of >the hotel where 74'persons were hired by area ^ mediation was in progress employers during the month of March. This was slightly above the March 1967 figure. Violence, Looting and Arson In Cities In the Wake off Assassination recently! FBI agents said they were investigating the possibility of a gas leak as a factor in the explosion. "It seemed like somebody pulled the whole world out from under me," said Leo Collins, who was walking near the Marting store. Collins was knocked down but escaped injury. Capt. Kenneth E. Paust of the Indiana National Guard said the ceiling of a restaurant where he was having lunch began falling on customers. "I ran Into the street and saw an Injured woman atop Sergent's paint store," Paust said. "I got a ladder and with the aid of others got her down. She said she had been blown onto the roof by the explosion." Only a crater remained where the sporting goods store stood at the Sixth and Main Streets. Neighboring buildings were torn apart. Flames damaged other buildings. Some of the dead and injured were trapped in cars demolished by the blast and falling debris. One car was hurled 50 feet. Officials said more than luu vehicles were demolished. Several hundred volunteers joined police, firemen and National Guardsmen searching the rubble. Many of the dead were burned or mutilated. Bodies were aken to the temporary morgue in the armory of this city of 44,000 on the Ohio line. 74 Persons Placed in Work Here The local office received 149 at 6a.m. No time for resumption of the talks was set. March organizers, working new app'lications'Tor"work during throughout the night, said that the month. This is 162 less than depending on Mrs. King's wish- was received in February when es » the V ma y represent King's 311 applications were filed. The P^ce ta tne front rank e^ 61 * February rise was due to the by a vacant position, or by a closing of Plaswood, Inc. which young girl dressed in white and reopened April 1. bearing a wreath. The closing of Plaswood along The march has a second pur- with unfavorable weather caused P° se » s^d the Rev. James Oran increase in unemployment In- an g e » one °- f K&S's staff mem- surance Initial claims during Ders - tt ^ to P 11811 for a settle- February when 247 new claims ment of &* garbage workers were filed. This figure dropped strike that brou e ht the Soutnern to 99 during March. Christian Leadership Confer- March figures show that there en ce leader to Memphis In the were 348 persons In the four coun- first place, ty area of Hempstead, Howard, Nevada and lafayette filing continued claims under the Arkansas law, and 50 persons filing continued claims against wage credits in other states. Mr. Jones indicated that there was an approximate 10 per cent Specio/ Grant for Education Classroom James H. Jones, Superinten- increase in unemployment in the d en t of Schools, announced today Hope area during the latter part that he had received notification of '67 and the first quarter of '68 over comparable figures of a year ago. Full employment and favorable construction weather are expected to drop the unemployment figure even lower during April, Mr, Jones reminded local industrial and retail employers to contact the local office when In need of assistance in filling job openings, He further indicated that many out-of-school youth would be seeking summer em* ployrnent in order to be able to return to school, "We need the help of every employer In the area and are asking that each employer survey his summer employment to determine whether or not he can employ one, or more, of these worthwhile young people," Cities Value of Iducatfon UTTLE ROCK (AP)~. Edu* cation is more basic to the solu« tion of the problems of the un» derprivilegecj than employment according to Gov, WJntbrop Rockefeller. Rockefeller made the com* ment Saturday aitf said it is not enough to call on the private sector to create jobs and help with training programs. "The more basic question is in the field of education, not in employment," Rockefeller said. "Because employment without adequate education and orientation is doomed to fail." from the State Department of Education that a special grant had been made to Hope School District from ESEA-I funds for the construction of a two-classroom facility to be located at Beryl Henry Elementary School to be used for special education classes. The facility will be the same type of architecture as the existing elementary building. It will be constructed and equipped exclusively for special education classes, The Magnolia Service Center, ESEA-HI, will use it as a laboratory and tor teacher training, using the most modern techniques and material In the Instruction of special education classes, Construction of the building should Usswj oy early summer fo" be ready for occupancy by the beginning of school In the faJJ, Wife Held in Mate's Slaying EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) Margaret Steele, 29, of Gallon (Union County), was being held today in connection with the slaying of her husband Saturday evening. Authorities said Charles Douglas Steele, 37, died of a .22* caliber gunshot wound in the upper chest. They said he was shot at his home on U.S. 167, about 12 miles north of here. Mrs. Steele's bond was set at $5,000 pending arraignment. By DOUG BAILEY Associated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) - Authorities said today they believe three days of arson and looting in Pittsburgh's Hill District has been brought under control, but 3,000 National Guardsmen and 1,000 city and state police remained on duty In the Negro neighborhood. "I would say the situation is under control," said City Safety Director David W. Craig at a news conference held at dawn. "But as to its permanency, I will have to make a decision on that later In the day." The wave of fire bombings, window smashings and looting broke out Friday night following the Memphis assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But it was not until Sunday that the National Guard and state troopers were moved into the Hill District to reinforce See VIOLENCE on Page Two Final Rites for Dr. King in Atlanta By RON SPEER Associated Press Writer ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - Sorrowing Americans continued their pilgrimage to the hometown of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today. From across the nation they came, in chartered planes, by car, by bus, by train. White, black, rich, poor, famous and unknown—they came from the tenant farms of Mississippi, strife-torn cities, Hollywood, state capitals, Congress and consulates. They came by the thousands to pay final tribute to the civil rights leader, who will beburied Tuesday after services at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King served as pastor with his father. Son™ slept on cots in church basements. Some moved in with Atlanta families. Others found rooms at hotels. But they came, to stay until King is laid to rest In South View Cemetery, founded In 1886 by Negroes who rebelled against the city's segregation. Negroes then had to take their See FINAL RITES on Page Two Car Hits Pole, Three Injured Late last night an auto driven by Wade Bradford Jr. went out of control and hit a pole at 5th and Edgewood. Injured were three passengers, J. W. Armstrong, Lucille Muldrew and Vickie Pierce. All were treated at a local hospital and released. City officers Shirley and Neal investigated. A- charge of reckless driving was filed against Bradford, AP News Digest Klng'RAClAL Violence scourges sections of ^nnir-inr-i"^ 1 *^" ~* ••ffTTrn"frTrrn^* J ^ ja ^'" n T™^ More Area Off Limits to Bombs By GEORW ESf EK ' Associated Press Writer Preside^ has put Almost 5,500 more square miles of North Vietnam off limits to American bombers, U.S. sources said t& day, Below the demilitarized zone, allied ground forces re» ported killing more than 700 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong in weekend fighting* Informed sources in Saigon said the American air forces have been told to keep their raids below the 19th''Parallel which is about 170 miles above the and Washington are quiet after the disorders sparked by the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Death toll across the country reaches 24. Thousands assemble in Memphis for a silent march which Dr. King would have led, Atty, Gen. Ramsey Clark says a man sought In the assassination is "on the run." A day of mourning is marked jag. by prayers and tributes in many ^ ve struck no fart her places around the world. than 160 miles above the DMZ, = Thousands begin arriving in pu bllcly j oh nson's order of Atlanta where funeral services j^^ 31 setting ^ 20th p^. will be held Tuesday. lel ^ ^ nor them boundary for President Johnson sends ap- air attacks still stands, and th& peals to congressional leaders sources said the President did for swift passage of civil rights no t publicize the new curtail- leglslatlon. ment because he wanted to The U.S. Army, which has as- leave open the option of bombr signed nearly 20,000 troops to ing up to the 20th Parallel, or riot duty in UJ3. cities, has an- some 225 miles above the DMZ. other 22,000 ready to go. VIETNAM Gen. Westmoreland pictures the United States as operating from a position of military advantage as it faces possible peace talks with North Vietnam. Another 170 square miles of North Vietnam is reported put off limits to U.S.bombers. NATIONAL The U.S. Command in Saigon declined comment on the reported new bombing limits, to Washington, assistant White House press secretary Tom Johnson said there is no change from the March 31 order. Although the area open to attack has been reduced, U.S. warplanes have more than doubled the pre-curtailment nura- Thirty-nine bodies have been ber of strike missions against recovered from a blast-torn section of downtown Richmond, Ind. Thirty-three other persons are reported missing. Says U.S. in All Around Town By The Star Staff Sgt. Earl Orr of the Arkansas Highway Patrol Division has completed a course of instruction at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy at East Camden, Ark, , , the Blevins High graduate was formerly employed by the Hope Police Department , , , his wife is the former Lyilene Burke and they have two children, Vlcki 12 and Ricky 9 , , ,Sgt. Orr is now stationed In Arkadelphia, Sgt, Reid Clark of the Hope Police Department recently com» pleted a course of instruction at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy at East Cam* den , , , the Blevins High graduate U; married to the former Charleue Orr of McCaskill and they have a daughter, Susan Gail, 17 ... he has been with the Hope Police Department since North Vietnam's southern panhandle, mostly against enemy supply lines and convoys. ,'-•' U.S. pilots new a total of 134 missions over the North Viet-,., namese panhandle Sunday, the highest number in three . months, since 144 were flown; on Jan. 6. Military spokesmen said «(dearej**w,eather,,as Jhe .north- S "*er •**• v *y *?*^HtjHBfs»'<g7' * r&&&ifc?, t Jt;,'*-2fS *r > east • monsoons ^^affljFmjsjk made the increase possible. ' -'* The fliers attacked North Vietnamese supply lines and gun positions, with the northernmost target an antiaircraft position 160 miles north of the-demilitarized zone, the U.S. Command said. High Court Reverses Conviction LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkanss Supreme Court today reversed the Lee Circuit Court conviction of J. Ernie Gasfcin on 14 counts- of violating the state Securities Act. The high court said that on the basis of the record of the trial, the state could only convict Gaskin of a misdemeanor and not a felony. The court ordered the case back to Judge Elmo Taylor for a new trial. Gaskin, who was defeated In the Democratic primary fo£ Secretary on State in 1966, reV ceived $1,000 fine and one yea£ prison sentence on each of the" 14 counts. He was charged with vilattng" the Securities Act by selling Americanna Motor fen's Corpora ate stock to certain residents of Lee County with knowledge that the securities had not been registered as required by Jaw, cil was elected vice-president of The high court, in ordering the Arkansas Association at a the new trial, said the state statewide meeting last weekend may be able to prove that the at West Memphis , ,, attending securities were actually offered! from Hope were Debbie Watson, to more than 25 persons. Charlotte Moore, Jimmy Tur» Gaskin's defense was that tin- ner, Crit Stuart and Mrs, W, A, stocks did not have to be re. wuiianis,,, thus the local group gistered because be obtained aft will plan activities for next years exemption under the tew, wbiefc meet, provides for an exewpttoo und* er certain conditions when not Those from Hope attending the more than 35 persons are to* banquet of Little River laymen's volved, Fellowship at AsbUown last week The Supreme Court also sc{je* were Milton Mosier, Jiramie duled more arguments for next Griffin, syd McMath, BUI Mud- Monday to a PtUasjrf Chancery gett, Royce Weisenbsrger, Dale Court case to which Chancellor: McKinney, Jobfl Jernlgaj) ruled tt»t Gov.' Winthrop Rpckelefte? eo«W not wiutfield Masonic Lodge No, proceed with lite ouster hearing*. 239 will confer an Entered Ap, for gome members of toe Game prentice degree Tuesday, April and FiSb ComnUssion, 9 at 7-30 p.m. Rockefeller's attorneys ap«T By FRED S. HOFFMAN AP Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Gen. William C. Westmoreland has pictured the United States— as it faces possible peace talks with North Vietnam— as operating from a position of military advantage. Westmoreland, ending two days of intensive talks with President Johnson and other senior officials, told White House newsmen Sunday that "militarily we have never been in better relative position in South Vietnam." He asserted that "the spirit of the offensive Is now prevalent throughout Vietnam, with advantage being taken of the enemy's weakened military condition." The general flew off Immediately afterward for California and briefed former President Dwight D. Elsenhower before heading for Saigon. Westmoreland, who has been criticized on grounds he has been too optimistic in the past, See SAYS U.S. on Page Two The Char lesSisson listed in the court docket last week is not the Charles E. Sissou who lives on South Walnut, Hope High School Student Coun* tne tower court 4eQi£io&* Hope Safeway Store opened to- Court also wiij fokeuntiar sjgfe* day in their new building on tlie mission nest ifcnday a ease ft" half block behind First Metho* which the Republican party & dist Church , , , Manager Don attempting b have 18 senajpfg" Bgrranco stated that tne Grang seek. re*eia>ttoa tais year {£* Opening celebration would he stead of the njoe wto djf jnjafcefef! held in a few weeks, must run again, *

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