Lake Charles American-Press from Lake Charles, Louisiana on December 5, 1965 · Page 16
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Lake Charles American-Press from Lake Charles, Louisiana · Page 16

Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Sunday, December 5, 1965
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16 SUNDAY ' DEC. 5, 1965, Loke Charles Amcricon Press Alabama Gets Another Racial Trial-in Selma MONTGOMERY. Ala. <AP> : — With four while men newly. convicted in racial or civil j rights killings. Alabama turned i its attention" to Selma Saturday i for another murder trial born in j tlin. struggle for racial equality, i Three white residents of Scl-l ma. two of them brothers, go! into Stale Court Tuesday under! murder indictments for the fatal' healing of the Rev. James J. Rwh, a white clergyman from Boston who joined the civil rights movement last spring. j Three Ku Klux Klansmen con-1 vicled by a federal court jury in j Montgomery put their hope on an appeal 'to avoid serving 10- year prison sentences resulting from the slaying of Detroit housewife Viola Gregg Liuzzo. And at Annislon, near the Georgia line in northeast Alabama, a defense attorney said he will seek a new trial in State Court for a white service station attendant under 10-year sentence for the killing of a Negro | foundry worker. ' The'verdict which convicted! the three Klansmen on a federal! charge of civil rights conspiracy Insurance Men I To Attend Meet \ M. .1. Hunt, manager of the American National Insurance Co. here, and Roy W. Sample. assistant district manager, will attend a meeting of managerial personnel at the Shreveport- er Mole! in Shreveport Dec. 6- i 8. ' j District managers, district j supervisors and assistant dis- i trict managers of the south central region, combination agencies division, will meet to discuss sales plans for 1966. G. K. Fleenor, with offices, in Shreveport, is regional director. came ;iflor the 12 while jurors had deliberated 11 hours and after (hey had once (old I he trial judge liiey were "hopelessly deadlocked." The Klan members -- Collie Leroy Wiikins Jr.. 22, Fairfield, Ala.. Eugene Thomas, -12, and William Orville Eaton. 41, both of Bessemer, Ala. — remain in jail until they can post appeal bonds of S10.000 each. Rccb, 38, a Unitarian minister and father of four children, was the first victim of the killings which have laken the lives of three white ciivil rights workers and a Negro laborer. Charged with killing Reeb are Odel! Hoggle, 30, an auto mechanic, his brother, William Stanley Hoggle. 36, a salesman, and Elmer Cook, 41, manager of a novelty company. A fourth man was arrested shortly after the killing but no indictment was returned against him by the grand jury. Defense attorney Joe Pilcher said the three defendants will be tried together. Two other visiting ckvgymen who were with the Boston minister said he was attacked by four or five white men and clubbed on the head as he and his companions left a Negro cafe, in Selma the night of March 9. Reeb and about 450 clergymen from other states had joined Negroes in the second of two unsuccessful attempts to march from Selma to Montgomery to dramatize Negro demands for voting rights. Federal troops guarded the protesting demonstrators when they started again on March 21. It was this march which led to the death of Mrs. Liuzzo, the wife of Teamsters Union official Anthony Liuzzo. And it was her slaying which led to the federal conspiracy charges against Wiikins, Thomas and Eaton. The white man convicted by j an all-white jury in Annislon was Hubert Damon Strange, 25, a rangy, blond-haired man. He was con vie! ed of second-degree murder in ihe death of Willie' Brewstcr. who was slain while driving home from work in the wake of prosegregation rallies at Annislon. GSU Asks Power Line Over Canal NEW ORLEANS - Gulf Slates Utilities Co. has applied for a Department of the Army permit, for an electric power lines crossing of the Intracoastal Canal at. a point approximately six and one-half miles southeast of Orange, Tex. in Calcasieu Parish. The elevation of (he highest point of the structures is to he about 192 feet above the water. Plans for the proposed work- are on file in the office of the District Engineer, U.A Army Engineer District, here and may be seen by anyone having interest in the matter. Deadline for suggestions or protests is Dec. 13, according to Col. Thomas J. Bowen, district engineer. Army Molls Yule Early Out Policy FT. POLK — The Viet Nam war has caused the Army to forego giving "Christmas presents" this year. Normally, the Army has allowed men scheduled for discharge during the Christmas holidays to be discharged early, at the start of the holidays. But "in view of the increased build-up of forces in Vietnam and the add-on strength to the Army," a Department of the Army announcement said, "It is essential that mnximum service be obtained from each individual. "Consequently, aa qarly Separation program during tha Christmas holiday period will not be authorized for 1965." The program, when in effect, is called "Operation Santa Claus." Whites Dispute Negro Victory NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP)- Negro claims that great concessions were won from the city by a civil rights boycott were disputed Saturday by the president of the Natchez chapter of the Americans for the Preservation of the White Race (APWR). Roland Scott said Mayor John Nosser told him that no more was offered to Negro leaders than they could have had two months ago. Charles Evers, Mississippi Field director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said Friday's agreement, which virtually halted the thrce-month-old boycott, was one of the greatest victories ever won by a civil rights chapter, Scott said ihe boycott was "broken" last week after an appeal by the APWR. It actually was "an innocent white boycott due to the reluctance of whites to put themselves in a position of being involved in disgraceful incidents," he added.~ In the agreement, Evers said 23 downtown stores had opened job opportunities to Negroes on the clerk and cashier level. Those stores which refused, he said, remain under boycott. Scott said only six of the 23 stores which opened new clerk or cashier jobs to Negroes were locally owned and operated. The rest, he said, were chain outlets. During the boycott six stores folded. Scott, whose wife helps publish The Patriot, a conservative newspaper in the area, said the stores represented only a minority of the hundreds of merchants in the area. He said statements by Evers following a conference with city leaders amounted to "a slap in the face to Natchez and the while people of Adams County." Scott 'said his group and the Citizens' Council, both in Mississippi and Louisiana, will stage a "buy-in" next Saturday to show support to the white merchants who suffered during the Negro boycott. George Singelmann, executive secretary of the Greater New Orleans Area Citizens' Council, called for thousands in the two states to join the demonstration. Scott said "Natchez was the whipping boy. Let's join togeth- .er in united efforts to see that the same situation does not prevail in o*her cities and towns and the nation." WHEN THE LIGHTS FAILED FOR 30 MILLION AMERICANS Like the unfortunate 30 million people in tho Northeast, Louisianians arc dependent on one source o£ •"• electrical power that is controlled by four power companies. For the past four years, the Rural Electric Co-ops in Louisiana have been trying to build an independent • generation and transmission system to servo their con-f sinners. - i The member-owners of these Co-ops know that r such massive power failures which threaten America's . security point out the necessity for such generation. They know the intercormectcd system being built by tha I companies in Louisiana will hare advantages, but they U also realize that no system is perfect and tho people •. need security. Co-op geiwratfwwin give Ms security and keep us from putting all oureggs in one big power basket. Tho power failure along with Hurricane Befey alsa proves what these rural electric leaders have been saying: Louisiana needs all the power generation and transmission it can get... no matter what the source. In view of what happened in tho Northeast it makes less sense for tho power companies to tic up'tho I Co-op's KEA loan for construction of independent generation—the welfare of all Louisiana citizens is at staka' We arc not being critical of interconnected facilities, which, arc necessary in our modcra-world .;. but we cannot afford to have oar lives hang by one small Every independent electrical system, whether Co-' ! op, municipal or company owned, is important to future 1 security in Louisiana. v . •... , v .| V t! >:" - f «\ -'. •••-•v ? -'•!?."•..( ll DO YOU WISH TO RISK LOUISIANA'S^FUTURE? BEAUREGARO ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC. DERIDDER, LA. JEFFERSON DAVIS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC. JENNINGS, LA. Mdmb*r£Assoc!atiott«f Looisian* Etecfrfc C?6p«r*Hv« f Inc. 1 Store!!! 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