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Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Newspaper) - July 18, 1967, Bluefield, West Virginia Enemy. Scarce As american troops bunt him in operations scattered throughout South Vietnam. Page 3. Vol. Xxii no. 199 $ Itu filch in a Floii Ralpj second class postage paid at b be fled. W. Va., and add a Tilicea Bluefield w. Va., tuesday morning july 18, 1967 weather. Partly Cloudy scattered showers thundershowers through tonight. High 74-82. Partly Cloudy warm wednesday. 7 cents Ltd g cents daily sunday president signs Bill to halt Railroad strike Newark violence is Over Plainfield new trouble spot Newark . Cap the i a potentially explosive racial crisis and the curfew ended time bomb. Monday in Newark after the one life also was lost in Plain loss of 24 lives in five Days and Field. Nights of negro rioting but a the rioting and looting Are nearby Plainfield continued As i apparently Over a democratic gov. Richard j. Hughes announced in Newark. He was winding up four weary Days on the scene of the worst racial outbreak since the 1965 Watts charged in Accident a state police re ported that the Driver of this 1962 Model automobile Robert c. Wright sr., 34, of Princeton was charged with Drunken driving monday afternoon after apparently striking two other vehicles on . 460 near the Mercer health Center on the Bluefield Princeton Road. Wright was reportedly coming toward Bluefield when his vehicle Slid on the rain Slick Highway and struck a 1967 Model car driven by Ronald p. Smith of 3863 red Fox drive Roan Oke va., which was proceeding toward Princeton and then struck a 1966 station Wagon going toward Princeton driven by James Randolph Owen 21, of Princeton. Owen and Ace Calvin Kennedy 21, of Princeton a passenger were treated at Bluefield sanitarium and released. Another passenger Ronald Roberts of 1307 East st., Bluefield was in serious condition at the Hospital with lacerations of the Scalp and a mild cerebral concussion. Fatal fire blamed on three convicts Milton Fla. Cap a prisoners who survived a prison fire that killed 37 convicts testified at an inquest monday it was set deliberately by three inmates who they said plotted in Advance to a tear the place the convict witnesses testified he three men were among those killed when the Blaze ran out of control inside the locked Barracks building. The convicts testified that it was approximately six minutes before a guard unlocked the door after the fire started. They said the plot was hatched jointly by two White convicts and a negro. Officials said previously the building was destroyed completely in eight minutes. County inquest the inquest was held before county judge Mahlong Mccall in the county seat of Santa Rosa county just 20 Miles from the Community of Jay near where the prison Camp tragedy occurred. Joseph c. Lewis 30, an inmate who said he saved himself by ducking under a bunk and crawling to safety once the prisons exit was unlocked testified a i heard they were going to put the building out of convict Henry w. Lambert a Cook at the Camp said a i saw somebody turn the television off and then smash it. Then they were whacking at the fluorescent lights making them Gary Allen Powell. 19, said a the Rucius started in the Back. Someone jumped on the bed and started beating the lights out. The guard told us to put out the fire. He said he did no to have the charred shirts the convicts were brought into court in their prison pants Blue and a White Stripe Down the turn to Page 2, col. 8 fish replacement Cost aired Roanoke tap a Cost figure for the replacement of ish killed last month in the Linch River was submitted to he appalachian Power co. Mon Lay by the state water control Ioard. Approximately 163,000 fish vere killed in Russell Wise and Scott counties when a Coal Ash retaining Dike broke june 10 at appalachian s Carbo Plant. An it ther 54,000 fish were destroyed n Tennessee. Appalachian officials met with Virginia and Tennessee representatives in the Power com it any a Roanoke office however he replacement Cost of the fish not made Public. A we submitted Cost figures and they appalachian officials want to talk it Over with their management a Millard Robbins southwestern representative of the Virginia water control Board said. Robbins added that discussions entered around the value of the fish and How this value was determined. Attending the meeting in addition to Robbins were r. V. Davis assistant executive Secretary of the Virginia water control Board c. E. Cooley director of the Industrial waste Section of the Board Jack Hoffman Virginia fish division chief and Hudson Nichols Tennessee fish management chief. Man fatally shot in cinder Bottom a shooting in the cinder Bottom Section of Keystone Early monday morning resulted in the death of a 34-year-old North Fork Man and the arrest of a 61-year-old Keystone Man. Frank Spoloric was dead on arrival at Stevens clinic Hospital in Welch at 4 . Of gunshot wounds in the Chest and Groin. Scott Wilson or. Was arrested at 5 . At the Central cafe in Keystone and charged with murder police said. Wilson had a .38 Caliper snub nose revolver in his Possession at the time of arrest which is believed to be the murder weapon. Five empty shells from the alleged murder weapon were also found on the accused Keystone chief of police Scott Boyd said. Boyd also stated that Wilson appeared to have been drinking heavily. There were reports that an argument erupted Over a Money loan but state trooper g. B. Browning declined to comment on this. He stated that certain witnesses had said that there was no argument. Investigation of eyewitnesses to the shooting was being made late last night. The incident occurred about 3 30 . Wilson was taken before Justice of the peace Archie Day at 10 . Monday where he waived preliminary hearing for action of the Mcdowell county grand jury. He has been lodged in the Mcdowell county jail in Welch where no Bond has been set. Trooper Browning and chief turn to Pago i col. 6 representing appalachian was e. G. Bell jr., executive assistant to the company a vice president. The meeting was arranged by appalachian after Power company officials appeared before the state water control Board june 29 in Richmond and agreed to negotiate with Virginia and Tennessee officials concerning replacement of fish killed. Another meeting to continue negotiations will soon be set an appalachian spokesman said. Approximately 130 million Gallons of water with a High Lime Content were discharged into the Clinch River when the Dike broke resulting in damage to aquatic life from Carbo in Russell county downstream some 80 Miles to Speedsville Tenn. Truck wrecks on Mountain two men were Hurt one seriously when their truck loaded with Sweet potatoes wrecked near the top of a East River Mountain late monday afternoon. Guy Daniel Sturgill 47, of Elias ky., a Hitchhiker in the truck driven by Willis o. Teal 41, of Loxley ala., suffered Scalp lacerations and internal injuries. Teal sustained hand injuries. Teal told state police the brakes failed on the truck and he was unable to gear it Down. The 1965 Model flatbed truck hit the embankment then went Back onto the Roadway. The truck carried 400 bushels of Sweet potatoes and was in route from Loxley to Pittsburgh a. Damages were estimated at $3,000. Trooper d. B. Atkinson was conducting the investigation. Which remained incomplete last night. Riots left 34 dead in los Angeles. Thousands of new Jersey National guardsmen were withdrawn from Newark. At the same time a contingent of 100 was doubled in Plainfield 18 Miles to the Southwest. There was Daylight sniper fire in Plainfield and cars driven by Whites were stoned. Negroes there were said to be armed with Semi automatic rifles stolen from a nearby fire arms manufacturing Plant. In Washington. Republican Senate Leader Everett m. Dirk sen of Illinois said the Jersey riots Are certain to increase support for a Federal anti riot Bill. A state official on the scene said the Plainfield rioters contrived Advance signals to set up the ambush of automobiles on the perimeter of the West end negro Section. And a City spokesman said the disorder a was so perfected it had to be rioters ready a negro newsman in Plainfield said the rioters there a were ready before Newark there were suggestions also of an apparent pattern of planning in Newark a grim racial tragedy. Charging a grand jury to look into the criminal charges growing out of the riot Superior court judge Lawrence a. Whipple said there were indications of a a pattern of state police superintendent David b. Kelly said there was evidence which he did not describe of organization in the deployment of snipers who plagued Newark police and National guardsmen hour upon hour during the height of the riot. The governor also promised to keep Avert against and strongly resist any White vigilante backlash in the aftermath of the Newark riot which resulted in property damage of Over $5 million in this half negro City of 400,000. An initial Force of 100 National guardsmen was doubled during the Day in Plainfield a City of 50.000 about 18 Miles away. A White policeman pleading for his life was beaten and shot to death there sunday in a third night of negro violence. Open insurrection Plainfield mayor George Het Field clamped a 10 . To 6 . Curfew and called the rioting a planned open i Surrec the racial rebellion that blazed in the heat and humidity turn to Page 2, col. 4 sex area Man Dies in wreck Ronald Marsh. 22, formerly of Pocahontas and Bluefield a. And More recently of Richmond va., was killed in a two car collision at Powhatan va., near Richmond monday afternoon. Virginia state police informed marshes grandparents or. And mrs. William Mccormick of Falls Mills a. Of the Accident late monday and said Marsh apparently fell asleep and ran head on into another car. The Accident occurred about 2 . Near the town of Powhatan located about 25 Miles from Richmond. Marshes car was demolished and he died in route to a Hospital. It was not known whether any one in the other Auto was Hurt. Marsh had been in Richmond for about three months working at a paper and pulp company. Reluctant unions Eye court Man Euver the picket line a these men worked the picket line at Norfolk and Western railways Bluefield depot and offices monday As the Union conducts a nationwide strike against the railroads. One of the six unions involved is the brotherhood of Railroad Carmen of America for which w. E. Hale left and a. A. Perdue Are picketing. Effects of strike being Felt Here Washington tap president Johnson signed monday night a Bill to halt the nationwide Railroad strike. He said a we Hope this crippling strike is about to Johnson said in a statement relayed to newsmen that ending the strike will enable the products of farms and factories to move freely once More permit the mails to go through and a permit badly needed arms and vital supplies to be sent to our fighting forces in Vietnam without the president three times used the words a a Hope or a a hopeful a in reference to ending the strike by members of the machinists and other rail shop Union members that virtually paralysed the nations railroads. Court order informed Union sources indicated earlier they might wait for a court order on the new while the legislation will get vital shipments flowing again Johnson said a most importantly it provides the special machinery to Settle fairly and finally the Long dispute which caused this spread across nation the actual walkout of Railroad workers began saturday Midnight and gradually spread across the nation. The Law orders an immediate return to work by the strikers the appointment of a five Man presidential Board to try to win voluntary settlement and a binding settlement effective 90 Days from today if the voluntary efforts fail. Union spokesmen reacted angrily to the Law. Joseph w. Ramsey vice president of the strike leading Al Cio International association of machinists called it a the strik Breakers act of 1967.�?� Ramsey said the unions will Law before issuing any Back to he forced to obey it a when we received an order from the pre work instructions to the strikers. But White House assistant Joseph a. Califano said there is no j need for an accompanying court 1 order along with Johnson a signing of the Law. Chief Railroad spokesman j. E. Doc i Wolfe said he expected the unions to Call off the strike but that he was ready to go into court if necessary Mon j Day night. A a we Hope and believe that the qty Tefs turn to Page 2, col. 7 a priorities assigned As the Coal filled Railroad of the n amp a. Pocahontas div cars remain on the tracks and Sion headquartered in Bluefield the u. S. Post office will not said the Crew which ended its accept parcel Post mail for shift at Midnight monday would a More than 150 Miles from Blue be the last to work until some rail strike Quot which now paralyses Field the effects of the nation settlement was made. This brought t0 Charleston a Vine to Cut an end at the Quot a a a is Vir a so so which a As moment Quot the president said in Mav 2et first Benefit of Federal omamoidov0rno0osrre of a a statement read by press Matching funds for construction . Monday. No other freights Secretary George Christian. Have been moved As the Blue Yoe h0pe this crippling strike wide rail strike Are being Felt in Bluefield. The last Norfolk and Western passenger train left Bluefield at 8 25 . Monday for Norfolk va., As Union pickets stood along the streets around the n amp w office building station and shops. Members of the six unions involved in the strike appeared monday morning at the Blue Field Yard continues to fill with Coal cars. The effect of the strike on the local Coal producers was not visible monday night since cars on hand were still being loaded. A halt in loading is expected is about to end a Johnson said. A and As its Shadow lifts we must begin anew the work of Harmony and reason on which the greatness of our democracy is the president noted the wage of mental health centers. N. H. Dyer state health director said monday. Federal funds totalling $539,860 will be available this fiscal year on a 61-39 Matching basis for j construction of centers. The / highest priority was assigned to Raleigh Fayette Summers Field tracks. No violence Between when the Supply of empty cars i pickets and workers remaining i to exhausted dispute has been under Way for Monroe. Mercer. Logan Mingo on the Job was reported to Blue a11 first class mail from the a year including the past month Wyoming and Mcdowell coun Field police 1 of efforts by Congress to enact ties. Dyer added. W. O. Tracy superintendent turn to Page 2, col. 5 j legislation aimed at resolving it. I three centers Are planned for the High priority nine county area. They will be located in Logan or Williamson. Princeton and Beckley Dyer stated. However centers May not be built according to priority or. Mildred m. Bateman director of state mental health department added. Second priority according to Coal Industry faces massive shutdown in Wake of crippling Railroad strike by the associated press the Coal Industry faced a massive shutdown tuesday in the Wake of a strike which crippled a and All but wiped out a Railroad service in the i state. All major carriers the Chesa i Peake amp Ohio Baltimore amp Ohio Norfolk amp Western new York Central Pennsylvania Railroad and Western Maryland railway said their operations were virtually at a standstill because of the strike. Coal operators were looking for Means to stockpile reserves after the meager Supply of Railroad cars was filled monday. A spokesman for the Island Creek Coal co., which has about 25 mines in southwestern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky said it normally keeps Only enough empty Railroad cars on hand for one shift each Day. The spokesman declined to say whether layoffs were imminent. State mines director Elmer c. Workman said up to 90 per cent of West Virginia a c o a i j miners could be forced out of work if the strike continues. Gov. Hulett Smith was also keeping a watchful Eye on the j situation although he said he Felt a Congress will take action promptly to insure the operation of the the Baltimore amp Ohio and j Western Maryland a freight Only line halted service sunday turn to Page 2, col. 1 a revised plan was assigned to Region 7 with centers to be built in Elkins and Summers vice or Lewisburg. Region 6 was named third priority with centers planned for Martinsburg and Keyser or Romney. The next five priorities in order Are Region 5, centers in Morgantown Fairmont and Clarksburg Region 1, Center in Charleston Region 2, Center in Huntington Region 4, Center in Wheeling and Region 3, Center at Parkersburg. Ships Idle at Virginia piers mail piles up Richmond tap a Virginia based railroads discontinued passenger service and nearly All their cargo Laden freights began grinding to a halt monday As the nationwide rail strike reached into the state. As offshoots of the strike ships were idled at Norfolk piers mail that normally moves by rail piled up at Post offices and business at air and bus terminals shot sharply upward. By Early morning pickets were marching at the huge Norfolk amp Western Railroad Headquarters in Roanoke and at sea Board coast line Headquarters in Richmond. There were no pickets surrounding Richmond Fredericksburg amp Potomac facilities in Richmond but the of amp a said it was a severely limited a because of its role As a connecting link Between other struck lines. Accordingly the of amp pcs noon. 5 . And 10 . Passenger trains from Richmond to Washington was cancelled and there were no trains running southward from Washington to Richmond. An estimated 90 per cent of then amp was employees at its big operation in the port City of nor Folk stayed off the Job. In addition longshoremen honoured the picket line set up by machinists and electricians and except at the Coal piers where supervisory personnel continued loading on five ships with the help of automated equipment All the in amp was Norfolk operations ceased. A Union spokesman at Norfolk said the strike was �?o100 per cent effective there. Then amp a employs 1.800 persons at Norfolk at the Coal piers general cargo piers shops and a passenger station. Vivian Stringfield chairman of the brotherhood of engineers at Norfolk said the unions were trying to make agreements to move military cargo especially that destined for Vietnam. Pickets showed up at then amp a Headquarters and Yards in Roanoke at 6 . A amp a spokesmen said the Only trains moving in the morning were those that had begun their runs before the strike began. Once they reached their destinations total stoppage of traffic was in Prospect. Seaboard coast. Line officials col. 5 two Hurt a two men were Hurt one seriously when this truck wrecked near the top of East River Mountain monday afternoon. Guy Daniel Sturgill 47, of Elias ky., a Hitchhiker was admitted to Blue Field sanitarium with head and other injuries. The Driver Willis o. Teal 41, of Loxley ala., sustained hand injuries. The truck was loaded with Sweet potatoes and bound for Pittsburgh a. Trooper d. A Atkinson was conducting the investigation. Member of the Bluefield Rescue squad Are shown aiding i the cleanup

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