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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 Church Intrudes on Affairs of State T housands of fellow Methodists will join your editor to protesting Monday's action by the United Methodist Church violating our creed that church and state shall stand separately. Delegates to the church's general conference in Dallas voted .to uphold its Board of Missions in withdrawing a 10-million- dollar to vest ment portfolio from First National City Bank of New York because the bank had participated in renewal of a loan to the "racist" government of South Africa. South Africa is a sovereign state. Its internal policies are its own business. It is grievous enough to have to bear the inept interference of our State Department to another nation's internal affairs— but interference from a private church group is outrageous, United Methodists claims to be the largest Protestant denomination in the United States. But all Protestantism was founded to opposition to the ancient Catholics' church-state establishment— and now a major Protestant denomination attempts to bind its membership to support- tog the very thing that the or iginal Protestants denounced. One of the radicals supporting the attack on the New York bank, the Rev. Roy Nichols of New York, said the action was "consistent with the social creed of the Methodist church." But John H. Rixse, Jr., attorney of Alexandria, Va., spoke for the rest of us when he protested: "It seems incongruous that we should try to determine the operation of a private institution, and blacklist this bank" because of a stogie transaction. Transplant Underway at Stanford STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - A heart transplant is under way at Stanford University Medical Center, a spokesman said today. He said no details could be revealed immediately either as to patient or donor "pending certain clearances from the families." This is the second heart transplant at Stanford. Dr. Norman E. Shumway and a team of surgeons performed the first on Jan. 6. The recipient, first adult to the nation to receive a human heart from another, was retired steelworker Mike Kasperak, 54. He died of internal hemorrhage and other complications 15 days after the operation. Long Distance Calls in State Are Cheaper LITTLE ROCK (AP) - New rate reductions on long-distance telephone calls within Arkansas are now in effect, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., announced today. The reductions were approved by the Public Service Commission. The firm said the reductions in intrastate long-distance rates, coupled with the interstate cuts and other rate reductions, will make a total reduction of nearly $1 million to Akansas customers. The new intrastate long-distance rates call for reduced evening rates, Beginning at 5 p. m. on weekdays. Lower night rates apply for station-to-station calls placed inside the state after 7 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends and five special holidays. The reduced charges also call for a new "early morning" rate of a maximum of only 40 cents for three minutes on station-to- station long-distance calls inside the state. This rate is in effect from midnight to 7 a.m. The company said other reduced rates Include elimtoa » tions and reductions in mileage charges for users outside city service areas, reductions to charges for special telephone equipment for customers who are hard of hearing, have weak speech and students who are "homebound." Hope Star Printed by cify of ind i eifrfer till tetivir jw VOL 69-No. 171-12 Pages Star of Hope, 1899, Press 1927 Consolidated January 18, 1929 HOPE, ARKANSAS,THURSDAY, MAY 2,1968 Member: Associated press & Audit Bufeau of Circulations Ay, net paid circulation 3 mos.endine March 31, PRICE IOC McElroy Gets 21 Years for Killing Wife Fred McElroy, 69-year-old retired oil dealer, was found guilty of second degree murder yesterday by a Hempstead County Circuit Court jury which fixed his sentence at 21 years in the Arkansas Penitentiary. McElroy was charged with first degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of his wife, Lamour McElroy, 54, November 11, 1967, The prosecution had asked the death penalty, The all man jury deliberated about an hour reducing the charge and fising the penalty. Under questioning by the prosecution McElroy admitted he shot Withdraws, to Aid! Crouton LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Lewis Johnson Jr. of Fayetteville withdrew Wednesday from the Democratic primary as a candidate for the 3rd Congressional District seat held by Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, R*Ark. Johnson said his withdrawl would allow former state Rep. Hardy Croxton of Rogers, the only other Democratic candidate, "to conserve his money and his energy and devote his full time and efforts" to unseat Hammerschmidt. Business in Favor of Nixon WASHINGTON (AP) his wife to death but did not give America's top businessmen any reason for his action. overwhelmingly favor Richard M. Nixon number Robert Mrs, McElroy, estranged from her husband, was shot at the home of a friend before at least seven witnesses. Receiving a call, city to police were entering the house when the shooting occurred. Negro Must Have Part of White Votes By MARGARET WILSON Associated Press Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Negro candidate in a three- way race for North Carolina's Democratic nomination for governor needs a heavy Negro vote and considerable white votes to survive Saturday's primary election. Yet, the candidacy of Dr. Reginald Hawkins of Charlotte, a dentist and minister, has virtually assumed, f- runoff even if he places last in the voting. Neither of Hawkins's opponents, Lt. Gov. Bob Scott and Mel Broughton of Raleigh, is expected to get a majority of the votes and outright nomination. On the Republican side, U.S. Rep. Jim Gardner, D-N.C., opposes Jack Stickley, a Charlotte businessman, for the gubernatorial nomination. There will be no presidential ballot for the North Carolina voter Saturday and the campaign for governor has aroused little interest. Surveys have reported numerous undecided or apathetic voters. State election officials predict about 800,000 Democrats and 250,000 Republicans will vote in for president—and a bitterly oppose Sen. F. Kennedy, according a copyright Washington Post survey. The newspaper said Nixon was favored by 91 of 160 leading executives surveyed. New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller was second with 38 votes and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey third with 24. Kennedy was the choice of 3 executives, California Gov. Ronald Reagan of 2 and Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy and third party candidate George C. Wallace, 1 each. The Post said a number of executives' comments showed "an edge of bitterness toward Kennedy"— saying the Democratic candidate was their last choice or they thought him least quali- GOPs Making Strongest Bid in Years By ED SHEARER Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Republican Party is making its strongest bid in 24 years to gain control of the seven state constitutional offices. When the ticket closed at noon Wednesday, the GOP had placed candidates in each 6f the seven races, representing their strongest attempt since 1944 when six Republicans went down to defeat with only the office of state treasurer escaping GOP opposition. Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller and Lt. Gov. Maurice Britt are hopeful of generating enough momentum in their bids for reelection to carry the other five candidates with them. The last day filing of Sidney C. Roberts of Little Rock for governor on the Republican ticket forced the party to hold a statewide primary but few observers regard him as a serious threat even though there is talk of a possible Democratic crossover in voting in the July primary. Only two other primary races will be staged by the Republicans, both for positions in the Arkansas House. The Rev. Daniel M. Bowman, a Negro from little Rock, will oppose Jimmie M. Brown of Little Rock for Position 3 in the Pulaski - Perry county district while York W. Williams Jr. of Dermott, a Negro, faces R. Gaines Fricke of Lake Village in the Chicot County race for B*vc« Plan* to Senator* Urge U.S. Help Botw«ll LiTTLE ROCK (AP) - Sam Boyee of Newport, who had said He was considering entering the 1st Congressional District race, said Wednesday he plans to de» vote his time to helping Ted Boswell of Bryant in his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, — . . ^mr to Accept Warsaw as Site for Peace Talks AP News Digest U.S. Peace Talks Offer See GOPs MAKING On (Page 10) See BUSINESS On (Page 10) CommitteeFormula Puts Hew Life Into $10 Billion Tax Hike WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Appropriations Committee has prescribed a formula to inject new life into President Johnson's $10 billion tax-hike bill—a spending cut proposal which the administration labeled good medicine. Breaking a weeks-long deadlock, the committee proposed Wednesday that any tax hike be accompanied by a $4 billion cut in actual spending for the fiscal year beginning July 1 plus a $14 the primary. The 1964 total vote WUion slash in spending already included 769,090 Democrats and authorized or appropriated for 63,815 Republicans. ful ^ e years ' The larger turnout is expected ^ com , mittee l f a ? ti ° n ?«this year because of the in- moved a bi ,f roadblock in the creased number of candidates, tax Proposal s progress through particularly for legislative seats Congress where it has been and district judgeships. since last August. In his quest for support „ But Sen - Joh " J - Williams of among white voters, Hawkins Delaware senior Republican on has advocated a tax on ciga- a House-Senate conference com- rettes and liberalization of the mitte f trying to work out a corn- state's liquor laws.' promise, said the Senate will not pass a tax-spending package Maverick Asteroid to Start Hurling Toward Earth at 20,000 mph turning every 19 years. Richardson, of Altadena, Calif., has theorized Icarus might eventually be pulled off course by the combined gravity Influences of the planets Earth and Mercury, with which it also las relatively close brushes. He has suggested a possible defense if danger ever appears imminent— blasting Icarus out of the heavens with a nuclear- armed space vehicle. It has been known since at least 1957 that Icarus was due to make a close approach to the earth June 14 or 15 of this year, This forecast has been based on a computation of its strongly elliptical orbit around the sun— ranging from 18 million miles at its closest point to the sun, and 183 million at its farthest, lea* rus wheels around the sun once every 409 days. Icarus is named for the adventurous youth of Greek mythology who flew too close to the sun on wings of wax and feathers, then fell into the sea when the wax melted. It is one of more than 1,500 known as around the solar system. By FRANK CAREY AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The maverick asteroid Icarus, a pip-squeak planet about a half- mile In diameter, starts hurtling earthward today at 20,000 miles per hour. Navy astronomers say it will come within four million miles of earth on June 14, Its closest approach since it's discovery In 1949. It won't be visible to the naked eye. The Navy assured there is "no danger of a collision" with earth. There have been similar reassuring words to recent years from the high echelons of as» tronoiuy—all aimed at counteracting reports that rocky Icarus just might be on a collision course with the earth. Such a catastrophe would be equivalent to dropping 100 hydrogen bombs at one time. But one American astronomer, Dr. Robert S. Richardson, while conceding there's no apparent chance of a collision during Icarus' upcoming visit, has said this might not always hold true as the asteroid keeps re- Boyce said he believed Boswell would provide the leadership and direction needed in state government and was the only candidate capable of unifying the Democratic party, Rusk Urges Foreign Aid Bill Passage WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Dean Rusk, urging congressional enactment of a $2.1 billion foreign-aid bill, says the United States can afford to spend less than one per cent of its wealth to help build a safer, more prosperous world. Rusk told the House Foreign Affairs Committee aid must be continued for South Vietnam and other Southeast Asia nations, as well as for the countries of Latin America and Africa. His testimony was prepared for delivery today. "Some say we should postpone or eliminate foreign aid bcvau^u of the cost of our efforts to help defend freedom to Southeast Asia," Rusk said. "But the freedom and progress of hundreds of millions of other • Asians, of 250 million people to Latin America and of 260 million to Africa also engage our concern and are directly related to our own security and well- being." Development has been gain- ling .momentum to^poorer-coitn- tries but if that trend 'is reversed the consequences for the peace of the world could be disastrous, he said. to South Vietnam, said Rusk, the scope -of the aid program has been modified as the result of the Viet Cong offensive that began Jan. 31 and funding requirements will be down substantially the rest of this year. With improved security, however, and recovery of a demand for imports, it is estimated that the $400 million proposed for the next fiscal year will be needed, the secretary testified. ^^ He said South Korea "must every 'reasonable"demandfor'ex- , in ° rea ? Le its military readtoess penditure control." ' " '" ' " Rep. Melvto R. Laird, R-Wis., said: "The real logjam has been broken here today. This opens the way for the conferees to go ahead." Laird predicted an eventual compromise which would include a $5 billion spending cut. The full House continued its budget-cutting drive, passing a bill to appropriate $5.523 billion for the Agriculture Department, $1.4 billion less than the President requested. Police Probe Rash of Auto Wrecks Here A rash of minor accidents yesterday kept the Police Department fairly busy, Only one resulted to heavy damage. At Third and Laurel cars dri« ven by James Stanley, Patmos and Thomas McCiory of Hope collided with minor damage, Officers Stoyard and Long investigated. On South Elm downtown vehicles driven by Melvto Weston and Church Whitiey collided with little damage and Long and Clark investigated, On East Second there was very heavy damage to an auto dri* ven by Frances Arnold to a collision with another driven by Net* tie Jean Jones who was charged with failure to yield the right* of-way, Officer Clark Investl* gated, Mr, Clark also reported minor damage to a wreck on South Wai* nut involving cars driven by James A. Glaaton and Warren Powell. By JOHN M, H1GHTOWER AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) - A number of senators have urged the Johnson administration to accept Hanoi's selection of War VIETNAM The enemy death toll nears 1,000 as fighting rages for the fourth day in the northeast cor* saw as the site for preliminary tier of South Vietnam, U.S.-North Vietnamese talks on gome senators urge the John- ending the Vietnam war, son administration to accept Chairman J, W. Fulbrlght, D- Hanoi's selection of Warsaw for Ark., of the Senate Foreign Re- talks, lattons Committee Indicated he There they were, a group of and other committee members white-shirted peasants moving told Undersecretary of State Ni- intently across dry paddyhelds. cholas Katzenbach that the who were they? Where 'were United States should lift its ob- th e y going? Whv? jections -to the Polish capital as a site for talks. Another committee member who asked not to be named said he's convinced the United States rejected Warsaw because of objections raised by the South Vietnamese. Fulbright, asked if South Vietnamese objections are holding up talks, replied: "They are a that doesn't contain a $6 billion spending cut for next year—a proposal already endorsed by the Senate but opposed by the administration. Secretary of the Treasury Henry H. Fowler, commenting on the Appropriations Committee's recommendations—including a $4 billion spending cut- said the committee would "meet but without impeding its strong economic development effort ... both economic and military aid requests have heightened importance," he said. Thailand has been steadfast and loyal as an ally, Rusk said. The Thai government has countered Communist insurgency with a program of improved social service and strengthened security. to Laos, Rusk said the military situation has deteriorated in recent months. "It is no overstatement to say that the survival of Laos as an independent nation depends on U.S. help." to Indonesia, he said, the government of President Suharto can continue to make progress only if the United States continues to help put the sixth most °" * """ major reason why we don't— both South Vietnam and South Korea— but especially South Vietnam." Katzenbach briefed the com- See SENA TORS On (Page Two) Heaviest Fighting Is Raging By GEORGE ESPER , Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - The heaviest sustained fighting in two months raged through the fourth day today in the northeast corner of South Vietnam. Allied forces re- portiEfd ^ rnp^ithah 1,000 en§my troops killed In the battles'that continued outside Hue and Dong .Ha. ' U.S. and South Vietnamese forces reported 81 of their men killed and 395 wounded in the battling since Monday, the biggest eruption since the Viet Cong's Tet offensive in February. U.S. commanders in the northern sector also reported that the 15,000-man allied force sweeping the A Shau Valley southwest of Hue had cut one of the enemy's main supply an infiltration routes from North Vietnam. But "there are still a lot of nooks and crannies we have not looked into," said Marine Lt. Gen. Robert E. Cushman, commander of U.S. forces in the northern provinces. In the fighting outside Hue, the enemy dead included a North Vietnamese battalion commander, a battalion executive officer and three company commanders. U.S. paratroopers also reported the surrender of 97 North Vietnamese troops, including five women nurses. It was believed to be the war's biggest bag of prisoners. The captives said their battalion was to become the occupation force for Hue after another ene- See Heaviest On (Page Two) POLITICAL CAMPAIGN The names on the ballot are Branlgan, Kennedy and McCarthy but two others-- Nbttin and Humphrey—cast shadows over the Democratic presidential primary to Indiana Tuesday. Gov. Ronald Reagan calls for united public and private enterprise to "guarantee equal rights for all." Dr. Reginald Hawkins, a Negro candidate for North Carolina governor, virtually has assured a runoff to the three-way race to the Democratic primary Saturday. POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN Negroes begin today a long journey to W a s h i n g t o n — a march they intend as a dramatization of the plight of America's poor. The Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy has his first public test as the leader of the nonviolent civil rights movement succeeding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. WASHINGTON The House Appropriations Committee prescribes a spending cut formula to inject new life into the tax hike proposal. It meets with administration -approval. '"-" ' "••: ( •••' : ^^The telephone strike negotiators reportedly have agreed on six per cent annual wage hikes for three years, but snags on other issues hold up a contract settlement. Sen. John L. McClellan, push- tog for passage of an anticrime bill, accuses the Supreme Court of coddling criminals. INTERNATIONAL Israel defies its Arab neighbors and the U.N. Security Council with a parade of its military might through the Arab sector of Jerusalem. VIENTIANE, Laos(Ap)- A- spokesman for the North VM*. natnese Embassy in Vientiane today rejected th6 proposal to hold preliminary peace talks with the united States aboard an Indonesian cruiser in the Gulf of Tonkin. The United States had accepted the proposal, but North Vietnamese rejection was expected in Washing^ ton. ' '- : Terming the ship board talks" "unacceptable" to the Hanoi- government the North Viet* namese spokesman said the pro* 1 posal by the Indonesian govern" ment "does not meet a single one of President Johnson's own- conditions for preliminary contacts. "It shows that the lour condi* nary contacts," he asserted. "The United States is looking for one pretext after another because It wants to continue the W3.r ** *** Recalling Johnson's demand for a neutral site for the talks, the spokesman said "Indonesia is not neutral," an indication that Hanoi considers the Jakarta government pro-Western since President Sukarno's ouster. "Furthermore, contacts held on a ship would exclude representatives of other countries and of the press and would not permit what President Johnson called 'adequate communica'- tions'—conditions set by Johnson himself," the spokesman added. He said Hanoi still insists the talks be held either in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, or Warsaw, ^Poland, both of which the U.S; governmenthas rejected; *M£;:-) In Washington, a munbex^of U.S. senators were urging the Johnson administration to ac- Warsaw. Clear Skies, Warm Days, Cool Nights By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A continuation of clear skies with warm days and cool nights is forecast for Arkansas though Friday, with the chance of a Pornography is now a $50 mil- few scattered showers predicted lion a year business in Den- Friday evening. mark. NATIONAL Specialists from many countries are trying to settle questions about the use of space before conflicts begin. Columbia calls off classes for another day after new fighting between police and some rebellious students, ARKANSAS A 73-year-old retired rural school teacher apparently is grounded after attempting to get an Arkansas driver's license. The Republican party is making its strongest bid in 24 years to gain control of the seven state constitutional offices, The possibility of showers will increase Friday as a weak cold front edges close to the state. Southerly winds are expected to increase over the state tonight and moisture will begin returning from the Gulf. High temperatures Wednesday ranged from 87 at Harrison to 80 at Arkadelphia, Overnight lows ranged from 02 at Harri-, son to 48 at El Dorado. There was no rainfall reported for the 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. today. Muff Jones Draws Added Three Convicted off Bonk Robbery QUEEN, All Around Town By The Star Staff DE Three Ark, (AP) residents were The 70th anniversary of the old Operation "Golden Eagle" Yellow Creek Church, a mile east weiw wto effect May 1 on take of the Dillard farm on the Ward Texarkana and there are five de.«-« w^ ,«mou» w«. fe"y road near Saratoga will SfSf^SS.^ *» U ' S ' convicted Wednesday of robbing *» observed on Sunday, May 5, Jw w «l be necessary, the Bank of Lockesburg last • • ° n ty five charter members are living and they started the annual event vowing to celebrate 100 years. September i never recovered. A Circuit Court jury deliber» ated for less than an hour before finding Ronald Steel, 21, **** *** Ceraete ^ n «** s to pay for care of the Cera, John P (Jack) lowe of Hop* ftwKters Supply Company, too,, Hope, was elected to serve a§ a ****** director °< «» A *^' ^ Rwdy Mixed Concrete As. sociation, toe, at the annual W eet* s? woman. Judge Bobby Steel set sentencing for Saturday, Student Mlaht «f wvnw itiynv Terser Yerger High Student Night is Jf*?J* planned to start at 7:30 p.m. |pae • On South Elm vehicles driven on Friday, May 3 to Harris Gym- by Mike Spell man and Leuora uasiura. A vans collided with ratoor dam- The program will include mass ^L^*' > of more than 1,500 age. Officer Brow charged calisthenics, drill marc&tog, ***** *>» hls W« t Joyce, is t e r o i d s wheeling Spellman with having no driver's tumbling, stunts from around the N*™* em P*°yed at Braflca Ted L, Purtle of been promoted to rank geant while with the Third Ma, rtoe Division to Cam LO, Viet* nara ,,, his unit operates How* , . , prior to going to Viet* he was stationed at Camp N, C, . , he is the son Mrs, Dale Purtle of his The Junior High Training Vn« ion Department of Firs* Baptist Church was responsible for col* lecttog clothing for the Greenwood Tornado victims , , , the youngsters weren't given credit to this column yesterday to the bit about Greenwood* Hope Round-up Club sponsored horse show will be held s^tur* day at 7:30 p.m. to tfee Coliseum ... entry fee is $1 sad Is 9*. , , LITTLE ROCK W - Sen, Guy H, "Mutt" Jones of Conway has drawn added opposition to his bid for re-election^ James Shock of near Enola said Wednesday in a letter to Secretary ol State Kelly Bryant be would be & write»to §and> date in the Nov. 5 general election, Braynt conditionally accepted Shock's letter Of intention pend, Ing a ruling by Atty, Gen, Joe Purceli, v Was Howell Fielder of Greea* brier 81ecl Wednesday a§ a Bi» publican t@r toe same seat, ; Shock asked tttat persons vot» ing for Wm be allowed to write rather than use % U.f. 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