Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on April 18, 1968 · Page 10
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Hope, Arkansas
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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 Morality of Little Account If Tax System is Unjust A ttorney General Joe Purcell's challenge yesterday to Governor Wlnthrop Rockefeller to show "some political and moral courage" by placing a bill to legalize the sale of mixed drinks before the General Assembly sounds absurd to this observer of Arkansas politics and politicians for 45 years. ^B^»^^»^^^^ ^^Ojgj^Ojlj^j^ nope Star Printed by Offset city Sobfscf mm ff ftrfctt to VOL 69-Nd. 159 -12 Pages Man Charged With Murder of Dr. King Star of Hope, 1899, Press 1927 Consolidated January 18, 1929 HOPE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, APRIL 18,1968 Member: Associated Press & Audit Bureau of Circulatidns Av. net paid circulation 3 mos, ending March 31, 1968-* 3,361 Bfifofi or i artier tfit fclfwf fi« PRICE \w MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The mysterious Eric Starve Gait lias been charged with conspiracy and murder in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The FBI said in a fugitive Mr. Rockefeller is a Republi- warran t issued Wednesday can, but precious little "politi- nignt } n Birmingham, Ala., that cal and moral courage" on the liquor question was shown by any of the Democratic governors who ruled Arkansas for two generations before him. Privately many a governor would have liked to do something about the prohibition farce but had to stay his hand until public opinion came around to supporting law and order and just taxation. That moment draws near. Mississippi, last "bone dry" state in America, recently saw the light, kicked prohibition in to violate King's civil the teeth, permitted the sale of state smc g Gait, 36, conspired with a man "whom lie alleged to be his brother" rights. The state charge of first-degree murder was filed against Gait in Memphis where King, 39, Nobel Prize winning civil rights leader, was shot to death on a motel balcony April 4 by a sniper who fled from a nearby rooming house. First • degree murder in Tennessee carries the death penalty although the electric chair lias not been used in the mixed drinks, and bolstered its state revenue with additional taxes. Right now Arkansas is searching for more tax revenue, but the state government will encounter great resistance in raising the rates on sales, income, The maximum penalty under the federal charge of conspiracy to violate a person's civil rights is a $5,000 fine and 10-year prison sentence. There was no further mention in the FBI statement about the alleged brother and no charge or property taxes unless it first was filed against him. full potential tax luxury known as collects the against the liquor. Organized church groups insist there is a moral issue against permitting the sale and taxation of liquor. But only in Arkansas is this opinion still tolerated. The rest of America — including Mississippi — has walked off and left us. If there were ever any truth in the moral argument for prohibition the tax policies of Arkansas In the present generation have destroyed it. Consider these facts: We tax the poorest class of citizens 3 per cent on the necessities of life, and are considering increasing that tax- while stoutly maintaining it is "immoral" to sell and tax a luxury like liquor. We reserve the right by local option to prohibit the sale of liquor and beer within the county of our choice but scrupulously insist on retaining our store of the tax on liquor sold in "wet" counties for the continued benefit of our public schools—apiece of hypocrisy and injustice wliich makes prohibition a dirty name. Certainly mixed drinks should be legalized. Certainly local option should be abolished—or the law amended to provide that when a country votes dry it loses all aid from taxes on liquor sold elsewhere in the state. Your editor is a quaint fellow. Others preachabout"morality." I talk about taxes—money, the common denominator which separates the phonies from the real people. Showers Are Forecast for Arkansas By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Showers and thundershowers are forecast for Arkansas through Friday as a cold front drags across the state. The front was expected to sag slowly southeastward today and by tonight extend diagonally across the state from near Walnut Ridge to Texarkana. By Friday night, the front is expected to be in extreme Southeast Arkansas. Shower activity is expected to be most numerous near the frontal position. Little change in temperatures is forecast through Friday. High temperature Wednesday ranged from 85 at Fort Smith to 74 at Mempliis. Overnight lows ranged from 69 at Texarkana to 54 at Calico Rock and Gilbert. Industrial Defense Talks LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller invited Wednesday several state and national leaders in industry and government to a conference May 8 in Little Uock on in- dustrlal defense and disaster fanning. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover announced in Washington that the conspiracy to "injure, oppress, threaten or intimidate" King began "on or about March 30" in Birmingham. The FBI statement said a .30.06 rifle equipped with a telescopic sight found near the rooming house shortly after King was slain, was purchased March 30 in Birmingham. The statement did not connect Gait directly with the rifle. The FBI released a photograph of Gait and solicited public aid in finding him. Whether this appeal meant the trail had become cold was unclear, but U.S. Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark told a reporter in Washington that he felt this was not the situation. The FBI started hunting Gait a week ago. Agents even contacted persons named Gait in several states in an attempt to find him. The picture—wliich had to have the eyes "opened" by an artist—brought uncertain responses from witnesses who were acquainted with Gait or saw the fleeing sniper. "Unless he was wearing a wig or had had a face lift or something, it's not the man I saw," said Charles Q. Stevens, who lives at the Main Street rooming house from which the fatal shot apparently was fired. "The lair is too full and the face is too young," he said. But Stevens said he only got a side view of the fleeing figure. A source in Birmingham said the photograph was taken within the past three months, although the FBI did not specify when it was made. The photo has sliarp contrast, making hair and features very dark. The FBI, relying on witnesses apparently, said the fugitive had been described as a white man, 5-8 to 5-11, weighing IGOto 175 pounds, with brown hair in a brush cut, blue eyes, straight nose. Workers Seek UniotV Vote By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The National Labor Relations Board was petitioned Wednesday by the Sheet Metal Workers International Association to conduct a union election for production and maintenance employes of the Dixie Equipment Co., which manufactures commercial kitchen equipment, Telephone Strike Seems Inevitable By NEIL GILBRIOE AP Labor Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 200,000 AFL-CIO Communications Workers are on the verge of the first nationwide telephone strike in 21 years, but their possible walkout isn't expected to interfere much with service. Although talks continued in Washington, New York and elsewhere as today's 3 p.m. EST strike deadline neared, "We have regretfully reached the point of no return," said union President Joseph A. Beirne. "We will maintain service and it will be good service," said H. I. Romnes, chairman of the American Telephone & Telegraph Co., parent firm of the strike-threatened Bell phone System. Heaviest impact of a strike would be on new telephone installations around the country because 23,000 installers who work for Bell's subsidiary Western Electric Co. are involved. "Despite lengthy attempts by both sides, I am convinced it is now too late to avoid the strike," Beirne said in a statement issued from union headquarters in Washington. Beirne, who described the nationwide Bell System as a "30 billion dollar compute r," conceded a strike would have little immediate impact on the company or telephone users. But he said without the skills of union members who repair and keep the vast telephone system running, "that computer will eventually become an enormous pile of junk." The union said a strike would probably hamper some long-distance calls, information requests and other services requiring operators. Romnes said there might be some initial confusion at the start of a strike, but that supervisors would quickly take over the tasks of telephone operators. The installers, pattern wage setters for the union, now average $3.27 per hour. Other Bell System workers involved in the threatened strike in 14 states and the District of Columbia average $2.79. Company wage offers of 7.5 per cent, rejected by the union, would give pay raises averaging about 24 cents per hour to installers and about 20 cents to the other workers over 18 months. The Bell System said its offer was the equivalent of 5.6 per cent on an annual basis, but that the union was demanding Increases of 10.5 per cent over 18 months—7.8 per cent when figured annually. Casualties in War Go Up Sharply SAIGON (AP) - The number of Americans killed in the Vietnam war climbed to 363 last week, the highest number in five weeks, the U.S. Command reported today. An increase also was reported in the number of enemy killed, while South Vietnamese casualties dropped from the previous week. An increase of 5,000 also was reported in the number of U.S. military personnel in South Vietnam, raising the total to 522,000 as of midnight last Saturday. There was no official explanation for the increase in the number of American battle deaths in a week when fighting generally was described in communiques as light and scattered. U.S. officers said, however, there were tens of thousands of men in the field in widespread operations, The week before 279 Americans were killed. American wounded last week totaled 2,694, compared with 3,190 the previous week. Of the wounded last week, 1,352 were hospitalized. South Vietnamese headquarters reported 293 government soldiers were killed last week, In EL DORADO, Ark, (AP) Police said arson is suspected in a fire that damaged all- Negro Carver Elementary School here Wednesday night, Firemen limited the blaaa to a janitor's closet* Police Detective Bud Brewster also said there was evidence of an unsuccessful at* tempt to set fire to the stage curtain in the school's cafe tor ium. School Supt. Dean Tommey said smoke damage would force closing the school today. Heaviest Air Blow in Single Day By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - Waves of American B52s hit South Vietnam's A Shau Valley with more than 1,500 tons of bombs Wednesday and today in the war's heaviest aerial blows for a 24-hour period. At least 60 of the eight-engine Stratofortresses streaked over the valley from bases in Thailand and Guam to bomb North Vietnamese truck parks, storage areas and troop concentrations. Hanoi in Demand U.S. Agree New te talks at Site Reds Have Picked Koreans Are »•!•£•«*• Charges the U.S. Is Insincere Assured of Peace Role ' Te i" "considerably less than the 407 J"» ^^L^Z^ Tel6 ^ reported the previous week. The become the No. 1 target for the headquarters said there were 985 South Vietnamese wounded last week, compared with 1,479 a week earlier, and 32 missing last week against 14 the previous week. Both the U.S. and South Vietnamese commands reported that the total number of enemy killed by allied forces last week was 3,071. The reports of enemy dead from the two commands frequently differ. B52 saturation bombing. Senior U.S. officers believe C. l^rth Vietnamese may be using the valley as a staging area for another major attack on Hue, 25 miles to the northeast. The Communist command is believed to have 25 to 30 battalions in the Hue area, perhaps 15.000 to 18,000 men. The valley -See -HEAVIEST •, On Page 2 By FRANK CORMIER Associated Press Writer HONOLULU (AP) - President Johnson has personally assured South Korea's president of a voice in any peace dealings with North Vietnam and of U.S. support against incursion from Communist North Korea. Johnson was heading back to his Texas ranch today following his Honolulu conference with President Chung Hee Park but planned to stop by on the way to breakfast with former President Dwight D. Eisenhower at March Air Force Base, Calif. Johnson interrupted a Texas Easter vacation to fly to Hawaii Monday for discussions on Vietnam strategy with his Pacific military commanders and then Wednesday's parley with Park. A 1,000-word joint commu- nique and a warm embrace by Johnson of his important Asian ally climaxed the meeting which grew out of a strain in U.S.-Korean relations following last January's North Korean assassination attempt against Park and seizure of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo. South Korea has nearly 50,000 troops with the allied forces in South Vietnam, and some of the allied Asian leaders have been making it plain they do not want NATIONAL Eric Starvo Gait is charged with conspiracy and murder in the assassination of Dr, Martin Luther King Jr. The FBI issues a fugitive warrant for him. Dr. King's widow has been a familiar figure for years to her husband's followers. A scientist says a new vaccine to fight German measles may be available within a year. North Carolina's correction commissioner says he plans no change in his policies at the prison where six convicts were killed. VIETNAM-KOREA Waves of B52s hit South Vietnam's A Shau Valley with mora than 1,500 tons of bombs in the war's heaviest aerial blow. President Johnson heads home after assuring President Chung Hee Park of U.S. determination to aid South Korea in repelling armed aggression by the Communist North. North Vietnam demands that the United States "agree without delay" to talks in Phnom Penh or Warsaw, and stop all attacks on Hanoi's territory. POLITICS Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller is reported under increasing pressure from some associates to take a new step toward active candidacy for, the Republican presidential nomination. WASHINGTON Gun sales rise sharply in the suburbs of Washington, Baltimore and Kansas City, three to be bypassed in any peace ne- cities where racial violence oc- ,,,.,— «__.:.. *£-ifc'_ -*"-: curred. Says Universe Doomed to Fiery Destruction in 10 Billion Years By FRANK CAREY AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Navy researchers report they've obtained evidence the universe is a curved, closed system—and special symposium marking the dedication of NRL's new Hulburt Center for Space Research. He amplified in an interview: The Aerobee rocket, in a 100- mile-high flight above the White therefore inexorably doomed to Sands, N.M., missile range last fiery destruction some 10 billion September, detected and mea- years from now. They said the new findings- gleaned from the flight of an Aerobee rocket—appear to pro vide a possibly definite answer sured certain cosmic ! coming from galaxies beyond the Milky Way. That evidence indicated there may be 100 times as much mat- to a great cosmological question ter dispersed in the vast reach English Language Can Be Memorable and! Also Can Be Disastrious By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) - English is a language of glory. It is a great tongue for saying memorable things, such as, "Give me liberty or give me death," "Don't give up the .ship," "United we stand, divided we fall," "Keep off the grass," and "Pleez step arrear eunadabus." Every schoulchild soon learus a number of these deathless utterances, lie quotes them at ev- ury opportunity throughout tlie rest of his life as proof that he lias been educated. What our schools fail to teach, however, is that the English language can also become a disaster area. It is full of pitfalls. No other form of communication makes it simpler for a person to put Ills foot in his mouth in public. Here, for example, is a brief catalogue of remarks that often only catapult a fellow deeper into woe: "If you don't see it, ask for it." "Only one to a customer." "I think I'll have to meet the last raise of yours just to keep the game honest." "This year I'm not going to ask for advice on how to figure out my income tax. i think 1 know enough to do it myself," "I think your problem, boss, is that you're gripping your putter wrong. Let me show you how I do it." "We don't really have enough to retire on yet, but of course we plan to start a small business. Anybody can make'money See ENGLISH On Page 3 that has plagued scientists for generations: Will the now-expanding universe, with its millions of star- filled galaxies, grow forever-or is it a closed system whose expansion will gradually slow to a stop, with catastrophic results? Dr. Richard C. Henry of the Naval Research Laboratory, who reported the findings Wednesday on behalf of a five- man research team, said the rocket-gathered evidence "indicates strongly that the universe is closed," He said such a system, would "fall inward until all the galaxies condense again to one great fireball of matter and radiation." Henry, 28, a research fellow supported by the National Science Foundation, reported to a 77 Seniors in Cast of Annual Play gytiaiions. Some T havl3 also voiced misgivings Johnson may be too soft toward the Communists with his peace bids. Johnson reassured Park on this score during an eight-hour session much of which featured talks by the two with no one but interpreters present. Park publicly endorsed Johnson's cutback in bombing of North Vietnam and other efforts —still unsuccessful—to get talks with Hanoi under way. The communique was drawn up by the two chiefs during their discussions at the ocean- side estate of the late industrialist Henry J. Kaiser and dealt with two principal questions: Vietnam and Korea. On Vietnam, the joint statement said: —"Coupled with continued resolution and military firmness," the common goal of the allies of an honorable and secure peace requires "the earnest pursuit of a diplomatic solution"—and they hope "serious talks on the substance of peace could begin in the near future." —Johnson reviewed developments over the past forthnight since his bombing curtailment See KOREANS RED Betty Furness, President Johnson's consumer affairs adviser, says slum violence makes clear, "The poor are being swindled, or feel they're being swindled." Communications workers are on the verge of a nationwide On Page 2 Seventeen seniors will appear in the Hope High School Senior play Friday night at 8 o'clock in the high school auditorium, In their order of appearance they include: Duwanua Cox, Charles Ward, Ronnie Porter, provement, es of space between galaxies as there is in all the mass of all the galaxies combined. Henry explained that a closed universe— with a curved-space boundary— contains a certain amount of material within it. The amount is vastly greater than that of an open or ever-expanding universe. "These observations of the Aerobee," he said, "indicate that there's enough matter in the universe to produce the complete curvature required for a closed universe." Watershed Meeting Set April 24 The Hempstead County Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors are spon» soring a meeting of the land* owners of the flood plain of Mid» die and South Fork Ozan Creeks. George F. Brown of the Soil Conservation Service will pre* from Hope sent a preliminary report of a Whitaker, F^McMannus, K, MM watershed protection plan for * cx * a ™ ^ this area and show slides of watershed protection. The preliminary report con* sists of seven proposed retard* ing lakes and some channel iro* telephone strike, but officials say a possible walkout isn't expected to interfere much with service. A House committee will beat back what a Republican member calls "an attempt to muzzle" a watchdog committee on government information, sources predict. Judges Coll in Legislators LITTLE ROCK (AP)- Members of the legislature have been invited here by the Association of County Judges to meet together this afternoon to be given the background and proposed function of the association. The association sought a bill in the February special session that would have earmarked one per cent of county turnback rev« enues to support the association's operation. The bill was defeated. By ROBERT UU Associated Press Writer ^ TOKYO (AP) — North Viet-- natn demanded today that the" United States "agree without delay" to Phnom Penh or war-e saw as the site for preliminary. peace talks and also stop all at*, tacks on North Vietnamese ter- : ritory. -r The demand, in the official; Communist party newspaper. Nhan Dan, repeated the charge, that the United States is insux cere in its talk of peace efforts.. "Once again," it said, "we demand that the U.S. government give up its attitude that shows a,, lack of good will and agree without delay to either Phnom, Penh or Warsaw for the site of contacts. We demand that the, United States stop definitively". and unconditionally its bombing and other acts of war on the whole territory of the Demo!';, cratic Republic of Vietnam so ; that talks may begin." -. Presumably this latter re-; ferred to later peace negotiaV tions, since the commentary r noted that Hanoi had agreed to' preliminary talks despite "UmV" ited bombing" attacks ordered by President Johnson., Nhan Dan said Johnson, in his speech in Honolulu Monday, attempted to blame North Vietnam for the delay in the start of 4he preliminary talks. '4"""* . "Obviously, the U.S. President wanted to make public opinion believe that if contacts still have not been made between the two sides it is because of delay and lack of seriousness on the part of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam government," the paper said. "This is clearly a complete reversal of truth aimed at coping with public opinion which is protesting against the U.S. government." Nhan Dan noted that Johnson spoke in Honolulu of a "suitable place" for the preliminary All Around Town By The Star Stan City Police picked up three runaway boys from Arlington, Texas about 6:30 a.m. Thursday are holding them for their . .. their ages ranged * 6 to *•• „_ „, ** Texarkana Col» tournament which 20 include several • • • tnev are L « See CHARGES On Page 2 Big Melon Prize Money Over $600 The Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee is in the process of raising some prize money to encourage the growing of Big watermelons in the area this year. T. 0, Porter is heading this committee for 1968 and announces that to date some $600 has been raised, "We realize that watermelons do not mean nearly so much to our economy as they once did", said Mr, Porter, "but we feel that the tremendous amount of publicity that we receive from the Big goes is justification of our efforts to keep tennis Mr, and Mrs. Charles Grit** fin attended a Nursing Home Con» ventton at Hot Springs this week. <w fcrroers producing them," There, will be three prises o> Ail persons interested in the fered lor the Big melons; first upkeep of the DeAnn Cemetery prize lor the largest one grown at the White Csk Grove Baptist - - • . Church at DeAnn are asked to meet Sunday noon at the Cemetery. Vic Ames, well-known televi* sion and night club entertainer and one of the famous singing Ames brothers, held auditions for his new Little Rock TV Snow at Southern State Wednesday ... Betty Gaines, Judy Robertson, AH interested persons are in Donna Byers. vited, especially those owning am <»g ^^ auditioning were Penny Burke, Mike Voss, land in the flood plains of the G&ylQ Williams of Hope, James Gayle Hartsfield, Sydney Hollis, Osan Creek. Martha Flowers, Cathy Feiid, To initiate this plan, 90 per Frankie King, Jack Dougan, Twi* cent of the landowners in the la Hunt, John Greene, and Leroy flood plain would have to sign a Phillips. petition. The petition will be The play is directed by Miss available- at this meeting, Wed- Betty Fonter, student teacher nesday, April 24, 1968, 7:3Qp.m. from Henderson State College, in the Conference Room of the Sally Booth is student director, Federal Building. This room is and Miss Kitly Luper and Mrs. upstairs in the Federal Building B. B. McPuersou are the tech- or smiie know it as the New Post uical directors, Office Building. Works of Bradley and Janet Bedwell of Nashville. Cheerleaders elected yesterday for the 8th grade include Debbi Richardson, captain; Julia Brown, Sue Butler, Debbie Crank . . . and for the 9th grade Sandra Flowers, captain; Cindy Hoi- Us, Dee Singleton and Melissa Jordan. The Prescott Council of Gar* den Clubs will have its annual spring Flower Show, April 86 from 2 to 7 p.m. totbeCommuni* ty Center . . , everyone is to* vited. Brenda Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.RogseveitWttlfeins of Hope will play in a student re* cital at Southern State College Thursday at 4:50 p.m.... she will play the accompaniment for Smackover music major Harvey Goodwin who will sing. Melba Doyle, Home Service Ad* visor for Arkansas Power * Light janes Company will be at CoUier Furni* Porter ture & Appliances today and Frit day to demonstrate electrical cooking and other electric appliances. in the Hope Trade Ares 50 per cent of the amount of money raised and sot aside for prizes; there will be two second prizes, one for the largest one, or as the case may be, the second largest one grown in Hewpstead County and th§ second large stoae grown in the trade area willeaca receive 25 per cejit of tne prise money, No one grower may *i* ceive more than one prt&e, The following business firms hive raade pledges and contribjft* ttons to this fund andtbscoraB}U« tee expects to have more wttttja the next few days; First Natloft. ai Bank. Hope Auto Company, M £ M Leasing Company, Town & Country Restaurant, CUiaaos National Bank, The Trading Post, Young Chevrolet Company, Motor Copfaftyg " IcaplemenJ r Wylie Glass & Salvage Tbe Tol-£-Te< Comjxw Hope Trade Developm&J e&tteju

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