Lake Charles American-Press from Lake Charles, Louisiana on December 4, 1965 · Page 1
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Lake Charles American Press SIXTY EIGHTH YEAR, LAKE CHARLES, LA., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1965 NUMBER 26,264 SCENTS Gemini Crew Rested, Ready Loading It Up Yeoman Laurance Pousson, Hospitalman William Scott, Chief Radarman Robert Norwood Navy Reserve Backs Drive For Viet Nam Orphanage A Louisiana Naval officer's attempts to help,a small orphanage in Viet Nam has every indication of snowballing into a gigantic relief drive on the local level. Several weeks ago, Lt. (jg) Roy L. Bourgeois Jr., who identified himself only as a former resident of "that good old bayou land," wrote to the Fair Store in Lake Charles asking for any old or broken merchandise that the orphans might use. In his letter, Lt. Bourgeois said he had been trying to help the orphans at the Queen of Peace Orphanage near Saigon. The institution, for infants and children to 12 years of age, is run by the Vietnamese Sisters • of Charity. i The Naval officer explained that the orphans come from homes broken by the conflict and in most cases have lost their parents to the brutal fighting. He said the sisters were doing their best, but the children were in need of shoes, clothing, food, personal items like soap, and, of course, toys for Christmas. Lt. Bourgeois mentioned that perhaps the store could make arrangements through the local Naval Reserve unit to ship the items to Viet Nam. The letter was turned over to Mrs. Marie Norwood, who works at the Fair and is the wife of the Naval Reserve center's leading chief, Chief! Ra- darman Robert Norwood. Taking over the task of assembling and shipping the Klansmen Get 10 Years In Civil Rights Case MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Three Ku Klux Klansmen were convicted Friday by a white jury of criminal conspiracy and sentenced by a federal judge lo 10 years imprisonment in the slaying of a civil rights worker. "In my opinion," Dist. Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. told the jury, "that was the only verdict you could reach in this case and reach a fair and proper verdict" A short time later, Johnson imposed the 10-year sentences — the maximum prison term? — upon the three stunned defendants: Collie Leroy Wilkins Jr., 22, of Fairficld, Ala., and Eugene Thomas, 42, and William Orville Eaton, 41, both of Bessemer. Wilkins, a stocky and crew- Kartsan Gets Chair For Bank Slayings LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Duane E. Pope, a mild-mannered Kansas farm boy and ex- college football star, was sentenced Friday to die in the electric chair March 3 for a bloody Nebraska bank robbery BIX months ago. He received a federal court jury's guilty verdict without a show of emotion. The jury in the month-long trial returned its verdict at 4:38 p.m. after 14 hours of closed- door deliberations. The jury had two choices — either to find that the 22-year- old Roxbury, Kan., youth was insane when he shot four Big Springs, Neb-, bank employes in i& btcfc, BHUW three ss they lay face down on the bank floor; or find him guilty as charged. The 10 men and 2 women found Pope guilty on all six counts of a federal indictment, with the death penalty imposed on each of three of the counts. The June 4 slayings at the Farmers State Bank of Big Springs, a western Nebraska wheat country village, occurred just five days after Pope was graduated from McPherson (Kan.) college as a football co- captain. An innocent verdict or something less than the death penalty would not have removed Pope from jeopardy. Murder charges also are on file against Pope in Nebraska state courts, POM admitted the killings S2v Ms sanity became the cole trial issue. Defense lawyers paraded 37 character witnesses to the stand. cut former mechanic, bad been acquitted earlier by a state court jury of murder in the March 25 slaying of Viola Gregg Liuzzo of Detroit. The three KJansmen were convicted under an 1877 statute of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Mrs. Liuzzo and other participants in a Selma-lo; Montgomery march climaxing a I violence-marked Negro voting j rights drive. In Detroit, Mrs. Liuzzo's husband termed the conviction "a credit to the men of Alabama. "Ten years is a small token for this," said Anthony Liuzzo, a Teamsters Union business agent, "but then it's the start of something." The klansmen's attorney said the verdicts will be appealed. Appeal bonds of $10,000 each were set by the judge and the Klansmen were led away by a federal marshal to begin serving their sentences. They will be eligible for parole after serving one-third of the 10 years. It was the second guilty verdict in two days by white Juries in trials growing out of Alabama racial incidents. A jury at Anniston convicted a white man I of murder Thursday in the slay- I ing of a Negro and set the pen; ally at 10 years in prison. ! In the trial which began Mon- jday, the government built its case around the testimony of FBI witness Gary Thomas Rowe Jr., who testified that he was with the three Klansmen when they pursued Mrs. Liuzzo along U.S..80. The victim was driving to Montgomery to pick up some participants in the march and return them to Selma. items, Chief Norwood and his fellow stationkeepers at the reserve center have already gathered much clothing,. . but more is needed. The Catholic churches in Kinder have pledged to help, and Chief Norwood said he planned to enlist the aid of Boy Scout Troop 103 to help gather the clothing and toys. To help smooth out transportation problems, the c e n t e r's commanding officer, Lt. Claude A. McGee, has contacted Eighth Naval District Headquarters in New Orleans to enlist their aid. Also, attempts are being made to the relief drive through Naval Reserve units in the entire Eighth Naval District. Chief Norwood said the orphans need clothing, toys, personal items and also noo-pefisb- able foodstuffs. Anyone interested in aiding (fce drire can contact Chief Norwood at the training center, 1203 N. First Ave., or by phone, 439-2754. f Rees Perkins Of DeQuincy Dies Friday DEQUINCY — Funeral services for Rees W. Perkins, 80, will be today at 10 a.m. in the Bible Baptist Church with the Rev. M. J. Sartain, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Perkins Cemetery under direction of Snider Funeral Home. Mr. Perkins died at 6:30 Friday at the DeQuincy General Hospital after a lengthy Illness, He was a retired cafe owner, member of the Bible Ban- tist Church and a lifetime resident of this area. The body will remain at the chapel until time of services. , Survivors include his wife Mrs. Leota Perkins; two daughters, Mrs. Frank Jameson of DeQuincy and Mrs. M a y b e 11 Endicott of Houston, Tex.; four sons, J. B. Perkins of DeQuin- cy, B. J. Perkins of Beaumont, Tex., H. V. Perkins of Port Arthur, Tex., and R. W. Perkins Jr., U.S. Air Force, San An• lonio, Tex.; and 10 grandchil- ! ciren. CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) • Gemini 7 astronauts Frank Borman and James A. Lovell Jr. relaxed Friday on the eve of one of man's greatest space adventures — a two-week endurance flight during which two manned vehicles may fly within inches while orbiting at 17,500 miles an hour. Success of the marathon mission and the planned rendezvous with Gemini 6 would topple all man-in-space records and considerably enhance America's confidence that it can land astronauts on the moon in this decade. Most space agency officials feel there is slightly better than a 50-50 chance that the Gemini 7 and 6 rendezvous can be accomplished in mid-December. Russia Friday continued its push toward the moon by launching the unmanned Luna 8 to lest methods of gently land-; ing a vehicle on the lunar sur- i face. Luna 8 should reach (he moon sometime Monday. Three similar attempts failed earlier this year. The smoothest prelaunch preparations in the history of the U.S. space program coasted without a hitch toward today's scheduled 1:30 CST launching of Gemini 7. The weather outlook, which had caused concern, brightened. | The forecast was for cloudy i but satisfactory launching con- i ditions at Cape Kennedy. All systems in the four-ton spacecraft and the nine-story- tall Titan 2 rocket received thorough checks and were pronounced in excellent shape. Fuel was loaded in the power- producing fuel cells. Ah* Force LL Col. Borman Parade Gets Okay From Weatherman The weatherman made a "deal" with Santa Glaus Friday night and forecast partly cloudy and cool for today's Christmas parade which starts at 3:30 p.m. i Queens of homecoming, rodeos and Miss Lake Charles will ride various floats and add royally to the holiday extrava-i ganza which starts at Lock; Park at Ryan and Seventh' streets and moves north on Ryan to Division Street Then It will turn east on Division to Bilbo, taming South on Bilbo to Broad'Street, and then East on Broad to Kirkman where it will disband. In the event the deal with Santa and the weatherman falls through, the parade will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and Navy Cmdr. Lovell attended a two-hour mission review and then retired to their "ready room" quarters at the Cape to rest and study the complex flight plan that calls for them to circle the globe 206 times in 329 hours 30 minutes — just 6Ms hours shy of 14 days. The Gemini 6 astronauts, Navy Capt. Waller M. Schrirra Jr., and Air Force Maj. Thomas P. Stafford, practiced rendezvous maneuvers in a spacecraft simulator. Lovell and Borman were reported anxious to get started. Borman had dinner Thursday with his wife, Susan, and two sons, who flew here from their Houston, Tex., home for the launching. Borman's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Borman of Phoenix, Ariz., also are here. Mrs. Lovell is expecting a baby — which could arrive while her husband is circling the globe — and remained in Houston. The flight will be Ihe most extensive test yet of man's ability to physically and mentally withstand long exposure to the space environment. Medical experiments have been given No. 1 priority. Borman and Lovell will wear new lightweight space suits which they hope lo remove for at least parts of the flight for comfort. Schirra and Stafford are to take off from the same launch pad on Dec. 13 — nine days after Gemini 7 is airborne — to begin the historic pursuit. "We've got a good chance of doing it," said flight drector Christoper C. Kraft Jr. "There are three factors involved: How well the spacecraft 7 operates, how well we do with the checkout of Gemini 6 spacecraft and launch vehicle, and the weath- VC Bomb American in :OOLER ARE YOU READY? BOOK-KEEPING SERVICE TAX REPORTS CALCASJEU BUSiJNKSS 4«-4AM JUST RECEIVED Over 300 Yards Cotlon Suede Cloth Rco. Price 2.»8 55" Wld« - NOW HALPKBN'S FABRICS $OUttl(Wt« •« 433-7304 O Z. (Weather Details on Page 2) SAIGON (AP) — With machine guns, grenades and an explosives-laden produce truck, Viet Cong terrorists attacked j and blew up a U.S. enlisted i men's billet in downtown Sai-1 gon just before dawn today. | A U.S. military spokesman said two Americans were killed and 67 wounded. The Saigon mayor's office said at least 100 Vietnamese were among the dead and wounded. American casualties could have been much higher if a directional type Claymore mine, planted across the street from the entrance to the billet, had exploded. j A similar mine was responsi- j ble for killing most of the peo- i pie in Saigon's My Canh floating restaurant, which was bombed June 25, as they ran from the restaurant after the first explosion. The Viet Cong had planned the same surprise for the military policemen and bystanders who rushed to the billet. But by Pope May Void Friday Meaf Rule VATICAN CITY (AP) ~ A papal announcement ending the Roman Catholic rule against eating meat on Fridays Is expected shortly, informed sources said Friday night. Pope Paul VI might give the word as soon as next week, they added, during the ceremonies Tuesday and Wednesday closing the Vatican Ecumenical Council. The informants explained that the decision most likely would be in the form of removing the Friday abstinence from Catholicism's area of discipline — meaning that It would no longer be regarded as sinful for Catholics to eat meat on Fridays. some error of chance, the bomb did not explode. Navy Capt. Archie Kuntze, commander of headquarters support command in Saigon, | gave the first report on casualties from the scene of the explosion-ripped Metropole Hotel, which housed transient enlisted men moving through Saigon. Earlier reports had said a U.S. military policeman on guard duty was killed, but this proved to be erroneous. As the terrorists ran to a nearby intersection, the produce truck exploded with a thunderous roar, knocking out electric power over a wide area and ripping through the billet. Kuntze said the truck must have been carrying about 250 pounds of plastic explosive, and did not arouse suspicion because the area is near a busy market section whioh was beginning its day's activity. The first American reported killed was believed to have been sleeping in a fourth-floor room of the billet. The attack came as U.S. officials expressed belief that a recent lull in hostilities was only a prelude to a yuletide offensive by the Viet Cong. They recalled the attack last Christmas Eve on a U,S. officers' quarters building — the Brink Hotel—in downtown Saigon that killed more than 100 persons. Zambia May Ask Aid of Russia LUSAKA, Zambia (AP Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda suggested Friday that he may call for Soviet troops if j Britain refuses to invade neigh-1 boring white-ruled Rhodesia. ; The British flew war pianos in-! lo Zambia during the day for! defense but Kaunda said thai | was not enough. "If the United Kingdom (Britain) refused to send ground troops," he said, "we could ask the United States." He contended, however, that the United States la likely to follow Britain's lead, and added: "What is there left for us to do but go to the Soviet government?" I The president held a news | conference as Royal Air Force fighter and transport planes swarmed into the country to defend the Kariba Dam, on the Zambezi River border between Zambia and Rhodesia, which supplies power to the Zambian copper complex. In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, delegates from 36 African states voted to break diplomatic relations with Britain Dec. 15 un- less Prime Minister Harold Wilson's government crushes the Rhodesian white-supremacy rebellion by that date. TORS, LANDRY GAIN GRID PLAYOFF W/NS It was two for five for !a area football teams In play;| off competition Friday night Sulphur defeated Behrman 18-0, and Landry upended Oak Grove 10-14. DeQuincy was blanked by Mansfield 21-0, while Moss- villc suffered a similar zeroing, 39-0 at the hands of Southern High. W. 0. Boston was held scoreless by Booker T, Washington, 8-0, See stories on sports pages. AS,// WEEKEND SPECIAL Friday-Sonjrday-Sundoy SIIJUMP BASKET CHICKEN FISH Al Your Favorite A&W DRIVE IN j 2nd Av*. 434-5014 59c Used 16" Tires . . . Used Blanketi, <.? ca Used Field Jackets . . . S?,95. Ponchos . . . SI.95, Hip Bools and Wader, . . . Blue Navy Blankets. Thousands of Dishes, Sels ot Diihes . . . $3.95. Knee Bools . . . Hundreds ol Bargains , . . Used KhoKI Panlj Open 'til 1 Borderland Salvage Co. 1301 Brood it. Hlj 4-S639 Optimist Prexy Says Respect Law CONFER — Roland Moss (left), slate Optimist governor, of Sulphur talks with Optimist International President John R. Olvey prior to a meeting held Friday nJf/hi at ihe Charleston Hotel, Olvey talked lo area and state Optimist and iheir wives. (American Press Phoio). "Retkindle your respect for morals under the law and use your talents to serve your fellow man," John Olvey, president of Optimist International told Louisiana Optimists here Friday night. Speaking to representatives | from all sections of the state in making Lake Charles the local point of his official visit to' Louisiana, (lie Plainfield, Jnd., leader of the world organization pointed out the necessity of living under the laws of man and obeying the laws of God. Respect for law is the new : est project of the 2,350 Optimist clubs in the U.S.A. and Canada, Olvey said in deploring the growing habit of complacency in the face of crime and violence. "Respect for the law must reach into the hearts of every individual," he told Optimists and thcjir wives at the Charleston Hotel. He said that leadership is needed to meet this new challenge to sidestep the old saying to the folks who say "it can't be done." "People who say it can't be done are merely being interrupted by someone who's doing it," he said. "We must avoid complacency of stagnation" and "Optimism is the component part of all that eases the friction of living." A highlight of the program was a surprise presentation of a special plaque to Calcasieu Sheriff Henry A. Reid Jr., for his "outstanding, unselfish contribution" through the youth program conducted by his department, made by Roland Moss, Louisiana Optimist governor. Mayor James Sudduth issued the official welcome to the visitor from Optimist International. Paul Guillory, lieutenant governor of Optimists of the state, was master of ceremonies.

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