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Two Hazleton Miners Rescued GOOD EVENING There are hro sides to «v«ry question and most jwlUiciang uiuaily take both. and The Lebanon Daily Times THE WEATHER Central Penna. — ClB*r tnd cool tonight, Warm and s u h n y Wednesday. Low tonight 5S-58. High Wednesday 80-86. 91st Year — No. 301 LEBANON, PA., TUESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 27, 1963 22 PAGES—SEVEN CENTS Try 3rd Robbery At Cornwall Safety Promotion 2 Controversial Codes Pass First Council Reading Two controversial city codes that have plagued city planners arid legislators for more than a year passed fii'st reading at City Council meeting in the Municipal Building Monday night. Both codes, an electrical code and a fire prevention code, serve to promote safety and meet requirements necessary under the Urban Renewal Act. The city electrical code regulating installation and repair of electrical, equipment in the city was first drawn up;in July 1962 by the Regional Planning Commission's electrical code committee. .The 14-page code defines in" detail qualifications for apprentices, journeymen and master electricians and sets up examinations, license fees and penalties for violators under the jurisdiction of a city electrical board. The first of several drafts of the code was introduced at a public hearing last April 2. It was severely tested by local electricians who objected to almost every major provision. The following month a revised infer Building to! Bank Is Jndisturbed Hinge Pins Removed From Door; Break Pane; FBI Is Investigating Three Extensions In Sewer Lines OK'd By Council version was submitted to city council and passed first reading. This version was re-introduced at another public hearing the same month and again came under heavy fire from city electricians. It was decided to restudy the code and resubmit it to council; Hearing Sept. 5 The latest version, which passed first reading last night, will be aired at another public hearing Sept. 5. Main objections to date concern wording and phraseology of me code. Proposed license fees previously objected to at the last public hearing are unchanged in the latest draft. Also passing 'first reading by council was a' Fire Prevention Code regulating fire and explosive hazards by estab- <C«tiB»d •» P»i* Sixteen) An ordinance providing for con struction of three sewer line ex tensions was given final approva jy city council at the bi-monthlj session in the Municipal Building Monday night. City sewer lines will be ex tended on East Maple Street soul! along North Second Avenue t South Second Avenue and Kline Streets; Canal Street and Nortl Second Street; Quentin Road and Through Street to Kreider Street south on Kreider Street to Pinoal Street and North on Kreider Stree to Rock Street. Three bids; for the construction of the sewer extensions were te- ceived and filed by council. They are: Basore Construction Co. of Harrisburg, total cost of $22,207,17; W, E. Bernhard, Inc., Lebanon, $21,768.50 and Rogeli, Inc. of Harrisburg, $31,526.91. Passing first reading was a (Continued on Pi(« Two) Spectator Injured At Sheppton Rescue Site HAZLETON, Pa. (AP)-Joseph Belmonte, of Port Reading, N.J., a spectator at the Sheppton mine rescue, was. knocked unconscious when he fell from a steep embankment. He struck his head on a rock, according to police. Belmonte, who was carrying a child at the time of the mishap Monday, was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital in Hazleton in an ambulance. Won't Stop, Won't Condone Bible Reading in Amusements , Area i Building 10, U Classified 19,20,21 Comics 6 Financial Obituaries Snorts 12 Women's Pages 15,16 The State of Pennsylvania wi do nothing to stop the readin of the Bible and the recitatio of the Lord's Prayer in the Com monwealth's public schools, A torney General Walter E. A1I< sandroni announced Monday. "Such action would not violate any law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," he said. However, he said a private citizen would have the right to Both Fellin, Throne Reported In Good third .ernpt at burglary at- the Cornwall branch of the First Na- ;ional Bank in little more ;han two months proved unsuccessful during the night. Bank officials said the )urglar or burglars appai-- :ntly failed in an attempt ;o gain entrance to the Danking room. Hinge pins were removed from the sank room door and a pane of glass broken. An entrance was forced, however, into the Cornwall Borough building in which the branch bank s housed. "There was no money in the bank and nothing is missing," Cornwall Police Chief Paul R. Perini told the Daily News. Three FBI agents from the Harrisburg office started an investigation this morning after the mrglary attempt was discovered. The first burglary on June 20 netted $2,800 and a waste paper basket. The burglars paid a re- .urn engagement on Aug. 15 and stole $33,000 after drilling through a wall and into a safe. Perini said he discovered the third and latest burglary attempt when be made a rpujtiwkcjieck, of ihe borough building shortly be^ "ore 8 a.m. Window Had Been Nailed A rear window in a borough building adjoining the banking room was standing open. The police 'chief said the window had been forced .open despite the fact it had been nailed shut. A door leading into the outside hallway entrance between the borough room and bank room was locked from the inside on the borough side of the hall. After opening this door and entering into the hall the intruders went to work on the hinge pins of the bank door. Some of the pins were removed and the (Continued on Pate Eleven) Palmyra Boy, 5, Hit By Truck A 5-year-old Palmyra boy who had gone to a store for candy and a balloon was seriously injured this morning when he darted into the path of a truck after leaving the store. The accident SHEPPTON, Pa. (UPI)— Two coal miners trapped by a cave-in 309 feet below the surface two weeks ago were rescued early today and reported in good condition. Henry Throne, 28, was the first to be hauled to the surface through the 18-inch-wide shaft that had been drilled to their cold and dank underground ceil. Minutes after Throne was rescued, 58-year-old David Fellin was brought to the surface. Both men had donned parachute-type harnesses " for the final ascent to freedom which took only 23 niinutes — 15 for Throne and 8 for Fellin. Shortly after the rescue, H. Beecher Charmbury, state secretary of mines, announced that effort would resume immediately to rescue Louis Bova, 42, a third miner trapped about 18 feet from Fellin and Throne in the Aug. 13 cave-in. Shouts With Glee Throne shouted on the way up: "What a ride this is. I feel like a banana." When he emerged from the ground at 2:07 a.m., grimy and covered with grease, UPl-Daily NEWS Facsimile. BACK ON EARTH—Henry Throne got his first glimpse of the outside world today after spending 14 days trapped in a mine at Sheppton. Throne and his companion, David Fellin, said they managed to survive the cold temperatures in the mine by breathing on each other's backs and massaging each other's legs. Throne reached the surface at 2:07 a. m. and Fellin at 2:42 a.m. he did a joyous jig in the glare of the floodlights. He immediately was removed from the football- type helmet and coveralls in which he had been hauled up. He was placed on a stretcher, and, after a quick on-the-spot medical check, taken by a waiting Marine helicopter to a room prepared at Hazleton State General Hospital, about 10 miles away. Throne's journey upward took 15 minutes. At 2:42 a.m., after an eight-minute ride, the plucky Fellin once again stepped onto the earth's surface. "I'm coming okay, boys," he shouted as he neared the surface. "Lots of room. This is the life." Through microphones attached to their helmets, both miners had been "talked" to the surface by Gordon Smith, deputy state director of mines. _ (Continued on Ttft Twenty-two) seek an injunction against continuance of the practise. At the same time, Allesan- droni said the State would not condone the continuance of devotional exercises in our local schools. He approved periods of silent meditation. This seems to leave the mat- (Contlmied on P»|e Eighteen) occurred about 9:45 a.m. in front of Barry's Store, 745 W. Main St., Palmyra. The youngster, Francis Dunnigan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Dunnigan, 21 S. Lingle Ave., was taken to the Polyclinic Hospital, Harrisburg, by the Palmyra ambulance. Hospital attendants said the (Continued os Pif* Tw«alT-*w»>- Wives Join Miners At Hazleton Hospital HAZLETON, Pa. (AP)— After being trapped just hort of two full weeks in what nearly was a tomb of oal, miners David Fellin and Henry Throne were reunited with their wives today after a brief delay for medical examinations—and baths. Doctors reported both men came out in excellent shape, and in good spirit, requesting food and eager o be reunited with their loved ones. ,The doctors,. sa.id, v they UPl-Doily NEWS Facsimile. GREETS RESCUERS—David Fellin, 58, trapped 14 days in a mine at Sheppton, waves his hand to the crowd cheering his rescue as he is carried to a helicopter for a trip to the Hazleton Hospital. Fellin and Henry Throne, 28, who shared the ordeal with him, were pronounced in excellent shape by physicians. Dr. Anthony Fidulia, Fellin's personal physician, said he planned to keep Fellin in the hospital for about a week just to make certain everything is all right. Co. Polio Plan 2nd To None, Says Loehle Vote Against Signing City School Directors Ask For Revisions In Technical School Agreement Articles City school directors agreed that they are interested in participating in » county area technical •chool program, but voted unanimously Monday night against signing the articles of agreement until they are revised. The action was taken following • lengthy closed session with board solicitor Edward H. Miller. Miller toW the directors he cannot recommend signing the area technical school articles of agreement in their present form. He told the directors they should insist that a number of articles be revised before signing the agreement. The wllcitM- cited tw» areas fa pwlfcBiar that be MM shwtM be mriMtf fcefcre taw etiy iWrict •eta to take port ta the pr*. Ht n»wtc4 Hut the mrtt- with tt» the budget for the area technical school does not comply with the »chool cade. The second major item of concent was listed as the agreement's provision for city district membership M the area technical school board. It was pointed out that the articles of agreement currently call for the adoption of the area technical school budget on the basis of a majority vote of the school's seven - man board. Miller said this article is not in agreement with Section 1705 of the School Code. This law stipulates that the school directors from each district participating in such a program meet in joint session at least once a year for the purpose of adopting the annual budget, he said. The city board had previously indicated it would want tfaa article dealing with this subject changed to require at least a two-thirds vote of the area technical school board. Lack Of Legal Work Cited The difftrence between what the city directors deemed a necessary vote for budget adoption and what the School Code stipulates 'was explained as a lack of legal investigation when the articles of agreement were written. Director Curvin Bellinger said the area technical school articles of agreement were drawn up by the various school administrators of the county. In addition, he explained, a committee consisting of school directors from the city and each county district assisted in drafting the agreement. "Lebanon County has devised a polio immunization program second to none in the country," Dr. John F. Loehle, city health officer, told City Council at the Board of Health meeting Mon day night. Loehle reported the first rounc of the city and county's 15 immunization centers has been completed with marked success and two enterprising plans have been 'inaug urated to round out the program. The county program is financec by the county commissioners. In making his report fo City Council, Loehle pointed out that while the county immunization program was paying off, he felt the city fathers should earn P«(o Twuty-tvn) COMPLETE BODY REPAIRS GINGRICH'S " 427N 2.5& •UUui's Fueral S«rriea Dot* So Mack For So Many Pooplo City School Board Appoints Seven Faculty Members Poimer Local Man Is Key To Rescue The resignations of three city teachers and the appointment of seven persons to the district's faculty were highlights of the City School Board's meeting Monday night at Harding Junior High School. The directors accepted the resignations of Mrs. Miliie Shott, 309 S. Third St.; Mrs. Henrietta Eshleman, 144 E. Chestnut St. Lancaster;; and Mrs. Dorothy Hoover, 125 E. Penn Ave., Cieona Mrs. Shott, a second grade teacher at Lindley Murray elementary school, resigned because of ill health to enter retirement. She served a total of 40 years in the leaching profession. She taught at Lindley Murray for 38 years, and for two years in a county school district. Mrs. Eshleman taught physics at Lebanon High School and was a member of the district's faculty since 1948. She has accepted position with another school district. Mrs. Hoover also resigned to M Ttft Twi> expiateed that Ac fiMl draft «f the agreement WM Register To Vote Wodattdar, Aifost 2t 2 P.M. to » P.M. loroif.1 iafl E. Maia St. BUS TO ATLANTIC CITY SUNDAY, SEPT. t Call 272-2361 Up To 5:00 P.M. •taoBuhc. wer« mazed at the good shape and mental attitude of the two men. The. 58-year-old Fellin continued a exhibit the buoyancy that had imazed those attempting his res- :ue. When finally he saw his wife, >he flung her arms about him md wept. He replied warmly, "Don't cry, 'm all right, I'm all right." And Throne, whose appetite for ipicy food and cigars had been a subject for banter at the mine cave-in in nearby Sheppton, got a lamburger with all the trimmings, two cold bottles of beer— and a stogie. Hospital procedure and hospital officials delayed the reunions for about an hour and a half after the two men arrived at the 64- year-old Hazleton State General Hospital, Throne at 2:30 a.m. and Fellin at 3:33 a.m. First came • the preliminary medical checkups in a room especially set aside for them, four-ted room known as wa seven—with just them as occupants and many attendants. One hospital .-aide noted the con trast between the air of happiness and that of tragedy which the hos (Continued on Page Twenty-two) City Family Acquainted With Miner David Fellin The story of the rescue of David Fellin and Henry Throne from 'a mine at Sheppton has personal in- erest for the Paul P. Paine family, 457 N. Fourth St. One of the Paine's six children, eleven - year - old Paul, became acquainted with "Davy" Fellin through summer vacation trips to the Mahanoy City area. P a u 1's grandfather, George Walker, Mahanoy City, is employed as a hoist engineer in the mines. Paul met Fellin when his grandfather took him along on the job. "Paul was very concerned over Davy," Mrs. Paine said, "especially after the first few days when it was feared the men were dead." The family has been following closely the story of the miners' ordeal and final rescue after 14 days underground. HAZLETON, Pa. (AP)—"I don't enow of any comparable feat. Mike can peel an orange with ;hat thing ... but the last six inches nearly drove me out of my mind." Speaking was Nelson Stauffer, the man in charge of drilling operations for the rescue of the three trapped miners. Mike is Mike Rank, 39, of Bethel, Conn., who was at the controls XW ' r of the giant drilling rig Monday for the final hours of completing the escape hole for David Fellin, 38, and Henry Throne, 23. (Rank is a native of Lebanon who received his b a g i e training in handling drilling equipment while an employe of the Gill Rock Drill Co., Cora- wall Road. . (He formerly resided on Old Jonestown Road, north of the city. (He 1» i«.v employed by the Gill Equipment Co. of North Br&nford, Con*. The firm for which he now works Is * distributor for Bucyrns - Erie Co., (Continue* M P«fc Twenty-two) M Me*** ctoM nutter *f L*fc*MB, Pa., Art •( March t. 1l7t. ll «*o UPl-Daily NEWS Facsimile. SHOWS GRATITUDE — Mrs. David Fellin hugs rig operator Mike Rank yesterday after he meticulously worked the 60-ton drill in a shaft to enlarge the diameter to 18 inches to permit an escape capsule to bring her husband and his companion, Henry Throne, to the surface. The slightest miscalculation by Rank, a native of the Lebanon area, wouid have brought the huge bit crashing dowa on the heads of the miners.