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Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - December 23, 1963, Blytheville, Arkansas Blytheville courier new vol. 59�?no. 234 Blytheville Arkansas monday december 23,1963 16 pages five cent hundreds rescued from burning ship some dead injure area gets White and cold Yule Tion. Survivors Are in lifeboats and on life rafts which have been dropped by . Air Force aircraft. A four vessels Are in the area and Are picking up survivors. About 60 per cent have been picked up so far. A however there Are Many survivors still in the by Tom Ochiltree i Calm too. I London apr some 670 the stricken ship was burning survivors were reported res in the Eastern Atlantic about cued today from the greek j 180 Miles North of the Portu cruise liner Lakonia ablaze off Guese Island of Madeira and 550 the Northwest coast of Africa. Miles Northwest of Cas Abalan the Christmas cruise ship had Ca. A 651 holidaying passengers in the disaster touched off a eluding four americans and a massive sea and air Rescue of Crew of 365 aboard when fire ration to pick up the Passen out during the night. Gers All but 18 of them British the British liner str Theden or Irish and the greek and radioed she had picked up about German Crew. 300 survivors plus some dead. A she reported some survivors the . Air Force said planes were injured circling Over the scene reported the Argentine liner Rio a about 60 per cent of the sur Grande reported she had res visors had been picked up. Cued some 50 survivors and was the air Force at Wiesbaden banding by the burning ship Germany said three planes of ship seeking More. The 57th air Rescue Squadron the Argentine freighter Salta based in the azores reported reported 220 survivors aboard a the vessel was on fire every-9nd the British Tanker Mont-1 where except for the aft por some reports said the Lakonia 20,314 tons with a length of 608 feet was sinking with people struggling in the water around her. But by Early afternoon the ship was still afloat blazing furiously. The water temperature was reported to be 64 degrees a warm enough to give those in the water a Chance to survive. Subsequently the Salta radioed that she was heading for Madeira with survivors. The message was not Clear but the British Consul at Funchal on Madeira understood the Salta had 400 rescued aboard. Officials of the line believed two babies and 30 to 34 children under 12 were aboard. Some accounts told of mothers tossing children into lifeboats and of parents struggling in the water to keep their children afloat. The Lakonia a master capt. Mathios Zarbis. 53. Ranked As one of the greek line s Ablest and most senior officers a i spokesman for the line said. A Snow which began mildly enough yesterday shortly before noon did t let up until Daylight this morning and covered Blytheville with nearly nine inches of Snow a rare thing indeed for this area the overnight Low temperature in Blytheville was to degrees. Agricultural weather observer Don Downey at Keiser said there is due to be no immediate respite from the biting cold. Arctic air he said is moving in but there a no Snow in the forecast. Temperatures Over the next five Days Are expected to reach lows Between sub Zero and 15 degrees. Democrats trying to Muster forces to pass Aid Bill official weather observer Fred Greenwell measured thi snowfall at 8.8 inches. The Snow drifted to Depths of three feet in some spots. Traffic moved painfully Ovel the area. State Highway patrol said Highway 18 is closed As ii interstate 55. In emergencies they said Highway 61 May be used. One Lane of interstate 55 if open for emergency use Only they stated. Highway 61 from St. Genevieve mo., to the state line is open Missouri patrolman reported this morning. From St. Genevieve into St Louis the Road was described As being Able to handle traffic in a nearly Normal manner. Boot Heel residents were warned to travel with caution and to stay off state and county roads. Caruthersville reported la inches of Snow in what is believed to be the largest snowfall of this area for nearly a Quarter of a Century. Arkansas Missouri Power co. Spokesmen said that although heavy demands Are being made on natural Gas the Supply is sufficient As matters stand now. I they anticipate no shortage. Southwestern Bell had one or two minor outages which officials presumed this morning was due to weather. About 12 phones were out in Osceola. Otherwise the Only thing unusual about Belles operation one official said we As the a sex i Tremley heavy Load of Calls everyone must be staying Home and using the anticipated sub Zero temperatures led Law enforcement officers to advise motorists to stay off highways As much As possible. Courier news photo get a one horse open Sleigh morning traffic in Blytheville moved at a Snake s Pace As much Side to Side As straight away As cars Slid Over nine inches of Snow which drifted two feet High near the curb line. Snow coupled with soon for president Johnson his prestige on the line and his Texas Holiday delayed. He and aides were said to have kept the White House Telephone lines humming sunday trying to whip up support for the measure in Calls to congressmen. By the associated press Washington a House democratic leaders bringing their absent members Back to work by planes predicted they would have enough democrats on hand today to crack Republican opposition and pass the foreign Aid Bill by tuesday at the latest. And that won t be any too on bus near Marianna the passengers were a Gay and Carefree group when the Lakonia left Sou t Harn p t o n thursday for a Sunshine cruise to Madeira Tenerife and the Canary islands in the Atlantic off Northwest Africa. Then shortly before Midnight came the first wireless message telling of the fire aboard. It was followed Early this morning by this final anguished signal a sos from Lakonia. Last time i cannot Stiv any More in the wireless Cabin. We Are leaving the ship. Please help crackling wireless messages said other Rescue Craft were hurrying through the Eastern Atlantic to help the Salta and Montcalm in Rescue operations. Air Rescue and search efforts also were being mounted. In London worried relatives and friends flooded the offices of ormos shipping co. Ltd. With phone Calls. . Atkins the company a passenger director said the i i Ner was a fully equipped with lifeboats and other equipment and everything was in working and at least one charter flight was reported picking up congressmen in Texas Louisiana and Georgia who had gone Home Early for Christmas and was speeding them Back to the capital. Who was paying for the flight a and perhaps others a Wasny to Clear. A spokesman denied the White House was paying the Bill. However because of House rules a final vote on the $3 billion Aid appropriations measure was not expected before Christmas eve. But even if the House approves the Bill with its controversial provision on government credit guarantees for sales to soviet bloc countries the Senate still must act. And the senators most of them Home for the holidays have no business scheduled All week and Are not Likely to vote before Friday at the earliest. House democratic Leader Carl Albert of Oklahoma served notice that there will be no adjournment until the Bill is approved. Services for or. And mrs. William g. Craven former Blytheville residents will be held tomorrow at 9 a in. At immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Father Joseph n. Doyle will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery. Rosary will be said tonight at 8 . In Cobb funeral Home Chapel. Or. And mrs. Craven were killed saturday night when struck by a car while attempting to Cross Highway 70 near West Memphis. Or. Craven. 56, was born in Waco. Texans had been living in Memphis for the past year. He had lived in Blytheville several years ago. He was a Veteran of world War ii and was an employee of National die and machine works inc., of Memphis. Mrs. Craven 56, was born in Blytheville and lived Here most of her Early life. She and her husband left Blytheville after their marriage several years ago. Both were communicants of St. Anne s Catholic Church of Memphis. The Captain. M Zarbis 53, a greek was said to have arranged a boat Drill for the passengers before the Lakonia left Southampton and there had been others since she sailed. The Crew was made up almost entirely of greeks and germans. The passenger list named i four americans p. Pilcer of Margate. England or. And mrs. I. Buchanan of Cowling. England and miss e. Driscoll of St. Leonard s. England. The agents said these addresses did not necessarily indicate the Dace of residence of the americans but probably referred to the places where they signed in for the cruise. Fire flashed through the Lakonia a twin funnel Shin with much deck space for play As she slowed through a Calm sea 180 Miles North of the portuguese Island of Madeira. A few passengers were in their night clothes when the order came to abandon ship. But most passengers had been walking the decks with the younger ones dancing and romancing. At least six ships and tugs headed for the scene. The big american liner Independence was expected in the area momentarily. Agents said. The British liner str Theden also was steaming to the scene with her lifeboats at the ready a . Air Force c54 left the azores carrying 20-Man rafts and nannies of food and we Ater see tragedy on Page 7 the official temperature at the Fayetteville weather Bureau station was seven below Zero this morning. But at some places in Northwest Arkansas thus no Quick adjournment is in sight for the longest session since the 1950 korean War Congress. And when it comes it will to Little More than a formality for the 1964 edition of the 88th Congress begins Jan. 7. The crucial Issue in the stalemate Over the Compromise foreign Aid appropriation Bill is whether to ban government underwriting of private credit accompanying and shipments to see democrats on Page 7 business was surprisingly Good in downtown Blytheville. Zero or colder tonight courier news circulation manager ted Brown said the Snow May halt delivery of papers to customers on Rural roads. A we think our motor routes will be Able to deliver on most of the main highways but we re not sure of How far they la be Able to go even on those roads. I Don t know if they la be Able to make those Rural roads or not. A Well just do the Best we can a he added. Mrs. Craven leaves her parents. Or. And mrs. J. W Maloney Blytheville three Brothers j. W. Richardson. W. H. Richardson and Rev. T j. Richardson All of Blytheville three Sisters. Mrs. Harriet Canada mrs. Earline Shannon both of Blytheville and mrs. Neda Flo Wade of Memphis. Or Craven is survived by two Sisters mrs. Minnie Blair Waco. Mrs. Alva Smith Angleton. Tex. Three Brothers Earl e. Craven. Marseilles 111., James Craven Houston tex., and Tommy Craven. Waco pallbearers will be John Sharp Kenneth puff Monroe Besharse. Harry Weedman a. A. Hardy and Maurice Sanders. O. J. Rodgers Jimmie Sanders Tim Estes Bob Mchaffey Charles Purtle and Billy King. Traffic accidents cars driven by Lonnie Wilson Osceola and James a. Permen ter route 4, collided at division and Ash saturday. Police said both cars were travelling North on division when the Accident occurred causing minor damages to the vehicles. No charges were filed. A this is Good news for children and Farmers a county agent Keith Bilbrey comment Mission gets new pleas the moisture is badly needed tor the county s record breaking wheat acreage which May go Mississippi county Union mis Well Over 100.000 acres this Sion received ten pleas for bed Yea clothing and Staple food when a a it opened this morning. At mid morning there seemed a we badly need these two to be no inordinately High num things bed clothing of All kinds Ber of vehicle accidents police and Staple food items which will reported help these people make it most traffic was moving too through the Winter a Mission slow to get involved in anything supt. Paul Kirkindall stated. But minor action. Parked Cai owned by Robert j. Donner. 633 Southeast Parkway. And car driven by Bonnie Hammond 1000 n. Ruddle Road were involved in a minor Accident on Ruddle Road saturday. Police said neither car was heavily damaged. No charges were filed High saturday�?25 overnight Low yesterday�?12 High yesterday�?24 overnight lows to precipitation past 48 hours . To 7 am i�?51 precipitation Tan i to this Date 28.81 Sunset today�?4 54 Sunrise tomorrow�?6 05 this Date a year ago High yesterday�?41 overnight low�?31 precipitation Jan i to this Date 45.h5

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