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TEMPERATURE Monday high 60, low 51. 7:00 a.m. today 51. Downtown noon today 58. Ml VERNON REGISTER-NEWS WEATHER Southern Illinois — Mostly cloudy and mild through Wednesday with a period of light rain or showers this evening and Wednesday. Low tonight in 50s, high Wednesday in 60s. VOLUME XLVII—NO. 47 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, TUESDAVr NOVEMBER 22, 1966 30c Per Week YANKS TAKE HEAVY CASUALTIES Council, Civic Groups Community CenterTalks Authorized INSPECT SHOPPING OENTE»--OfnolflI» of the Richmond, Ind., zone office of Montgomery Ward & Co. flew Into Mt Vernon yesterday to Inspect the new shopping center in the former car company area. They fonnd the new Ward store and others hi the big Park Plaza shoppUig complex going up at a steady pace. F rom the left are R. C. Beach, zone merchandiser; P. T. Bemlster, zone merchandiser; R. W. Keely, Chicago furniture buying officer; J. P. RUey, zone manager; A. E. Oelgle, zone merchandiser; O. A. Pope, zone operating manager; and W. R. Ezell, store manager. (Delo Photo Craft) Picked From Field Of 11 Applicants Firebaugh Takes Over Mt. V. Airport Dec. 1 MAX FIREBAUOB Bill Hill Quifs Police Dept.; New OfficerIs Named Bill Hill. 1709 south 13th street, has resigned as a Mt. Vernon policeman to accept a position as a Jefferson county deputy sheriff. The Fire and Police Commis- alon announced today that Willie J. Hawthorne, 1718 North street, has been appointed to the police department to succeed Hill. Hill's resignation will be effective November 30. He has accepted appointment as a deputy sheriff by Sheriff-elect Bob Ruddick. Hill, a foiTOer deputy sheriff, has been a member of the local police force since February 1, 1963. Hawthorne, top man on the {K >lice department eligibility list, is resigning from his job at the General Radiator plant to accept the city appointment. Post Office To Close Thursday The Mt. Vernon Post Office Will be closed this Thursday, November 24, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. There will be no window service and no city or rural mail deliverj'. Special Delivery niail will re- oeive prompt attention. Holiday schedules for the receipt, dispatch and collection of mail will be observed. Panel Misses Ken Gray's Secret Kenneth J. Gray of West E^ankfprt, fooled the panel last night on the CBS show, "I've Got A Secret." They never guessed that he was a United States Congressman. Gray was introduced to the panel as an auctioneer, airplane and helicopter pUot and magician with a secret that he also was something else. He demonstrated magic by suddenly producing a colorful scarf and a ,long ceme from nowhere and changing the color of red roses to white. He said that he liad been bawled out by the late Speaker Sam Rayburn tor perfoiTTjing the roses trick on pe floor of Congress during a, NMi^ Ugbwan. • The Mt. Vernon Airport Authority officially announced today that Max C. Firebaugh has been selected as airport manager. Selection was made from a field of 11 applicants. Airport Authority officials said they took applications for the position after Jack Outland, acting airport manager, turned down a proffered contract and submitted his reslgnaticsi. They said that Fii^ebaugh ac cepted the same salary which had been offered to Outland before his resignation. Firebaugh will officially as* Bume his duties December 1. Firebaugh, of 805 south 27th, is a native of Mt. Vernon and has been active in aviation since March, 1942, when he entered flying training for the Air Force. He served as pilot in Europe during World War II, where he flew 69 combat missions. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with thirteen clusters during his overseas duty. Following his combat service, he returned to the United States and served as Squadron Engineering Officer and instructor until he separated from service. He has been active in the Air Force Reserve and presently holds the rank of Lt Colonel. He is Flight Commander of the 9639th Air Reserve Squadron. Following his graduation from, the University of Illinois, he attended graduate school and then became active in the oil business. Since 1948 he has been associated with Collins Bros. Oil Co. as g^logist and has accumulated considerable experience in administration. During all this time he has been active in aviation as a professional pilot. He has over 8,000 hours flying time with commercial and instrument pilot ratings for single and multi engine aircraft. "I have been vitally interested in aviation all my life," said Firebaugh, "and I'm certain that management of our airport offers a challenge [and a real opportunity. I consider It a privilege to follow such an outstanding individual as Earl Outland, and to serve a progressive Airport Authority board such as we have in Mt. Vernon. I'll do my utmost to provide this community with top quality line service, charter, flight training, aiiwaft sales, and aircraft maintenance- and repair. At present I am recruiting qualified individuals to help provide all these services and I'll be ready to go December 1. The Mt. Vernon Au-port Authority has received word that Firebaugh has been approved for the Cessna franchise. "If he will carry out the plans and programs he has in mind, he'll have the outstanding aircraft sales and service activity in this section of the country", said an official of the Cessna distributor organization. Firebaugh's sales and service company will be called Mt. Vernon Aviation. Firebaugh is an acUvci member of the official board of the Central Church of Christ. He is a member of the Elks, Amvets, and American Legion. He has been active in the American Association of Petroleum Geogol- ists. He is past president of the Illinois Geological Society, and is a past Commander of tht AssQssinotion Controversy Grows ThirJ Anrnversary Of Dallas Tragedy Rice For Reds Turkey For Viet Yanks On Thursday By BOB HORTON WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. fighting man in-Viet Nam described as the best fed in American ^ wartime history, will get a hearty dinner of roast turkey with trimmings .Thanksgiving Day. It ought to be enough to make the Viet Cong cry. in conSast with the Communists' basic diet of rice and fish, American troops in Southeast Asia will be getting a hot holiday meal consisting of: Slirimp cocktail with crackers. Turkey with giblet gravy. Bread dressing. Cranberry sauce. Candied sweet potatoes. Mixed vegetables. And assorted relishes, hot rolls with margarine or butter, mincemeat or pumpkin pie, fruit and candy, plus coffee, tea or milk. This is the Thanksgiving menu laid out for American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines around the world, including the war theater. Compare that with the basic fare of the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong of about 1.5 pounds daily of rice, salt, fish and nubc mam (fish sauce). Paul R. Ignatius, assistant secretary of defense for installations and logistics, said over 88 per cent of the meals served in Viet Nam are hot meals with fresh meat, vegetables and other fresh food items. Seven per cent are heated canned foods. Only 5 per cent are field combat rations. He said food is being provided to U.S. troops at a rate of about seven pounds per man per day, inchiding 30 ounces of milk per man. "I tliink tiiat without question the troops are being fed better than those in any war in history," Ignatius said. Meeting Monday Tell Broadway Road Widening Landscape Plans Residents on West Broadway from 24th Street west to West Salem School are invited to attend a Monday, Nov. 28 meeting of the Chamber of Commerce City-County Beautification committee The meeting at 4:00 p.m. will pin-point landscaping proposals engineers are preparing for the state highway department in connection with widening of West Broadway from 24th Sti-eet to the Interstate Highway 57 interchange in the vicinity of West Salem school. Invitation to the residents is made, according to the Chamber, in the belief they are interested in first hand information relative to the highway construction that will parallel their home sites. •It will be strictiy an informational meeting," said the Chamber Committee Chairman flobert Ward today, "and it is hoped Uiat residents from 24th Street west on Broadway will i|dlB MBSBllttM 8Mnibtn«^ The Mt. Vernon city council last night held firm to its conviction that the Community Center has not been sufficiently used but agreed to meet with groups interested in the city retaining ownership of the structure. A citizens' group, represented by the Rev. Father James Burke, presented the council with petitions, carrying about 1,400 signatures requesting the council to retain ownership. In the words of Mayor Joe Martin the councU apparentiy feels: "That we (councilmen) would be derelict in our duty to the people if we continued to pay for a facility that is not fulfilling a public service, but, perhaps, the result of these negotiations will be intensified interest that will provide a worth- whUe piece of property." In other action: 1. Approved, subject to inspection by engineers, a resolution to sell water to Dix; 2. Passed on first reading ordinances calling for a census of a newly annexed area by The Register-News, realigning election wards and transferring ?40,000 from the working cash fund to the general fund; 3. Authorized an appraisal of a proposed urban renewal development area by Charles Murden of he Murden Real Estate Co., Carbondale; • 4. Put its stamp of appiwal on a proposed unique holiday- season parldng arra^»rn^i^u^ ^|tTOnWptti\«de motS ''Space dSwn- town and free bus service to enable employes to reach their jobs. The motion to meet with civic groups on the Community Center issue was passed by unanimous vote. The Community Center is in tiie old Post Office building at 11th and Main, just east of the Ekst Methodist church. The city purchased it in 1964 for $45,000 and a committee was subsequently named to organize and operate the Community Center. Several weeks ago the council voted to write the General Services Administration asking if the city could offer the facility for sale since utilization had not met the council's expectations. The GSA holds a mortagage on the building, with the city paying it off at more than $3,000 annually. The councD's indication that it might sell the structure resulted in a clamor for retention by the Community Center committee and other civic organizations. Last night Martin set up general requirements he feels must be met by civic groups if the city is to I 'etain ownership. All these moves, of course, are still clouded by the possibility that the GSA will not sanction sale. This was noted several times by the mayor and councilmen. The mayor called for the civic clubs to plan more utilization of the building and to provide financial participation in covering costs for needed repaks, alterations, maintenance, upkeep and payment of the mortgage. He noted that the Community Center is now in the United Fund that would provide some funds but said he anticipates failure to meet the UF goal this year. Thus would mean what he termed "a financial gap." He said the facility needs different furnace and lowering of the ceiling to make it acoustically acceptable. Martin cited the Mt. Vernon YMCA in saying "they have a successful thing there and they have a good fuUtime director. George Heidenreich, a member of the UtiUty Commission, made a plea in behalf of city ownership, terming the building a wise investment regardless of "how it is eventually used." He said he was speaking only as a private citizen. Heidenrich said the Community Center group "has not really had an adequate opportunity to develop a suitable program." "You gave them the building but they didn't know from one day to another if they were going to keep it," he remarked. The Conununity Center group feels such uncertainty has hindered their efforts to obtain private donations to help with financing that would induce ade- Dallas Has 1st Kennedy Memorial By PEGGY SIMPSON DALLAS, Tex. (AP) — Dallas honored the memory of the late President John F. Kennedy today with the first public service here since the days immediately after Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas three years ago. Private citizens organized the ceremony, which featured the Fort Worth Boys Choir that sang for Kennedy the morning of his death. An earlier visitor to the new historical marker a block from the sloping street where Kennedy was kiUed was Dallas Mayor Erik Jonsson. He carried a wreath of blush- pink roses on a green satin standard "On Behalf of the City." Jonsson said he recalled how ">ve were not only shocked but stunned thiree years ago, like people all over the world." "Time changes the form of grief but not the emotion itself," the mayor said. "A great many people here think of the president a good deal, now and in | "^;''=^;;;jj;i^„ between these anniversax'ies. I know there are really these feelings." Jonsson came early to the site .he couiaaiot^atf4n&<ith»>i By DICK BARNES WASHINGTON (AP) - Controversy over the shots fired during the assassination of President John F. Kennedy reached new heights on this third anniversary of the Dallas tragedy. Sen. Russell B. Long, D-La., and former Kennedy advisier Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. caUed for further investigation. But Sen. Richard B. Russell, D-Ga., a member of the Warren Commission, and former Kennedy press aide Malcolm M. Kll- duff, while disputing commission findings about the shots, took no issue with the over-all commission conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, killed Kennedy. Life magazine, disputing findings about the shots, called in this week's issue for a new investigation. Texas Gov. John B. Connally, wounded during the assasshiation, was quoted by Life as in positive disagreement with commission findings aboiit the shots. A spate of recent books has questioned the commission re- poi-t. This week 's newest round of debate is the most concentrated yet by present and past government officials. Mrs. Marguerite Oswald, mother of the accused assassin. (NBA Radio-Telephoto) HER LEGS twisted and deformed, a tiny Vietnamese girl Btniggles Into the amm of an Australian soldier near Saigon. Thanks to the work of an Australian medical team, the little girl wlU soon be walking without the aid of. her bamboo crutches. citizens' ceremony later in the! R^pOTt & statement renewing her contention that her son was "frame^I." On Petitions Of Clerk Davis/ Rep. Baker Retount Is Set In QeikUate morning, Martina Langley, a Richardson lawyer and housewife who was instrumental in persuading the city to erect a historical marker — and to confine the wording on it to the assassination events only — organized the ceremony. The choir selections included "Mustang Gray" which Kennedy indicated he enjoyed that morning in Fort Worth; the National Anthem, a Thanksgiving hymn, and a Gregorian chant. The Very Rev. Oscar Ruber, who administered last rites to Kennedy, was a participant. Dr. Tom Try of the First Presbyterian Church headed the program. A second memorial service was at the John F. Kennedy Living Center for Retarded Clhildren, scheduled for the moment the president was shot Nov. 22, 1963. Former Vice President Cactus Jack Garner Is 98 Years Old Today UVALDE, Tex. (AP) —- Former Vice President John Nance Garner is 98 years old today. He says it's just "another birthday" and confides that the one he really is looking forward to is No. 100. "Yessir," said Cactus Jack in a brief intex-view Monday, "I'm going to be 98 on November 22." He was vice president in Franklin D. Roosevelt's first two terms in the presidency, from 1932 through 1940. Wearing a blue flannel robe, blue pajamas and boot-type house shoes, Garner chatted with friends and his son, Tully, 70, on the eve of his birthday. Tully Garner said a quiet 98th was planned in this southwest Texas town. Tully asked that no pictures be made, as picture-taking sessions tend to upset the older man. DE GAULLE IS 76 PARIS (AP) - President Charles de Gaulle was 76 today, but nothing to draw attention to the anniversary was planned at the presidential Elysee Palace. full of unchtdlenged* eontradic< tions in witnesles* testimony. The majority of official reports submitted' to the tidmiiiissfon members is a 'mass xX. ts- TOTS. .... "In the words of jny;late.son, Lee Harvey Oswald, ' 'I; don't know what this all about' , "He was telliiigithe-truth,! He was framed and since then he and his family have b«en pushed about for political gain. . . ." Starting point for the new questioning is the commission finding that one bullet wounded both Kennedy and Cwmally. Some—but not all-^f the critics move from here to the question of whether a second person fired at the Kennedy motorcade on that early Dallas afternoon.' Long said in New Orleans Monday he has always thought that a second person was involved. The assistant Senate Democratic leader, in answer to « newsman's questions, said that although there is no doubt that Oswald played a part in the assassination, "whoever fired that second shot was a much better shot than Oswald." I The commission said three ; shots were fired. It concluded that one hit Kennedy and Connally, a later shot inflicted the major damage on Kennedy and one shot missed. The commis' sion was unable to conclude which of the three shots missed. Life quoted Connally as saying after a recent review of amateur films of the events: "There is my absolute knowledge...that one bullet caused the President's first wound, and that an entirely separate shot struck me. It's a certainty. I'll never change my mind." Kilduff, who was the only White House press aide in Dallas and rode in the motorcade, said he agrees with Connally. But Kilduff added in a taped television-radio interview with Westinghouse Broadcasting Co.: "I have absolutely no doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald committed the act on his own and that there was no conspiracy involved, as has been insinuated in many books, and is a belief which is actually widespread in Europe." Russell said in an interview with the Atianta (Ga.) Journal Near Lebonon (Continued on Page 2, Col. 7) In Collision On Bridge lEBANON, lU. (AP).— State Police report that four persons were lulled and two seriously injured today in an accident two miles west of Lebanon on U.S. 50 at the Silver Creek bridge. State Police identified the dead as Richard Haukapp, 21, of O'- FaUon,, Bernard Musenbrock, 45, Albers, Wilbcrt Kruep, 39, Breese, and Walter Lappe, 43, Breese. . Martin Winkleman, 45, and Eugefne Wuebbelii, 31, were reported in serious condition at St. Eiizabetii's Hospital in Belleville, Pblice said Haukapp was the driver and lone occupant of his car, which, was headed east on Highway 50. They added ^at Musenbrock was driving the second vehicle,The other men were passengers in the Musenbrock car. Police said the collision oc- cured on the bridge crossing Silver Creek. . A recount of votes jn the county, clerk's.-, race- in 11. Jefferson county precincts—for discovery purposes—will be held at the court house, here next Monday, November 28. Cttunty Qerk Lester Davis, who was defeated November 8 in the race for county clerk by Sheriff Dewey E. Barton, by 67!votes, filed a petition for the, recount yesterday. Davis, said that the recount will be conducted by the Jefferh son county canvassing board— Scotlond Yard Orders Mass Blood Tests In Girl'sMurder Keep Abreost of Chonging News News is like tiie weather. It keeps ehanglne from d *y to day. Are you keeping abreast of the news? Check your laxnvledge of the news by taking our weekly News Quiz, found today on Page 9. Answers are on Page 10. The News Quiz is part of the Insbuctional Materials mcluded in tiie VEC News Sei-vices that are spomoKd by Tea I^giste^NewB as Dart of its educatimud BN«nai ibr •rae schools —r-"- BENHAM, England (AP) Scotiand Yard today ordered mass blood test of men and boys in this Berkshire village where a 17-year-old girl was raped, stabbed exA strangled three weeks ago. "llijs is the first time any- ttiing like this has been done in a murder investigation," said Det. Supt. Walter Virgo. "The blood test will be entirely voluntary But of course we do Icnow who everyone is and where everyone lives in this rather small village." Notices headed "murder" were distributed to every home and shop in the area. All males between the ages of 16 and 50— a total of 190 men and boys- were asked to give blood samples. •The nude body of Yolande Waddington, a children's nurse, was found in a ditch Oct. 28 near, the farm where she worked. Some of the bloodstains on her torn clothing were not hers, indicating that the girl drew blood from her attadier in tbftfMfiBt^tsaid. (jlerk Davis, Frank H. Walker, Republican county • chakman, and Bill Hollow^^y, Democratic county chairman. At the same time, Davis said, the canvassing board will recount the ballots in nine Jefferson bounty precincts in the state representative race, on the,petition of Rep. Bert Baker, of Benton, who was defeated in his bid for reelection.' "The canvassing board will reopen and count the ballots in 11 precincts in the county clerk's race, and will also reopen and recount the ballots in nine precincts in the state representative race," Davis said. After the recount, Davis said, he will decide whether or not to contest the election. Davis, the Democratic incumbent, was defeated by Barton, a Republican, 6,717, to 6,650, in the only close race in this county. "In petitioning, for the discovery recount I do not wish to cast any reflections on the election judges," Davis said. "However, when judges work 12 or 14 hours, then start counting and tallying there is a possibility that mistake can he made." Both Clerk Davis and Rep. Baker filed their petitions for discovery recounts yesterday. Baker asks for recounts in 37 precincts in Marion,. Fi-anklin, Wayne, Saline and Jefferson counties. Davis petitioned for the votes to be recounted in these precincts : Rome 1, McClellan 1, Webber 1, Mt. Vernon 1. 2, 3, 4. 5, 9, 13, and Spring Garden 3. Baker seeks a recount in McClellan No. 1, Mt. Vernon 3, 5, 9, 10. 13, 15, Rome 1 and Webber 1. Baker, a 12 year veteran Democrat house member,- trailed James E. Eatherly of Galatia by 1,527 votes out of a total of more than 240,000 legislative votes ca^t. The official vote canvass for the district of Franklin, Saline, White, Hamilton, Wayne, Jeffer- sbn and Marion counties showed Harold D. Stedelin of Centralia with 62,605, Ben C. Blades of Fairfield with 60,972%, Eatherly with 59.019% and Baker 57,492%. Baker said he will use the recounts to decide if he should for- 3 PLATOONS BAHLE REDS; 11S OVERRUN Reporf Three U.S. Survivors In Plofoon, 10Z North Viets Killed In Monday Clash. SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — U.S. infantrymen tan* gled with North Vietnamese regulars in two small new fights today in the central highlands north of the battlefield on which U.S. air cavah^^men took heavy casualties Monday. Units of the 25th Division skirmished with the North Vietnamese 12 miles southwest of the U.S. Special Forces camp at Plei Djering and 13 miles north, west of the Green Beret eamp< Three North Vietnamese were reported killed in the first dash- There was no word of casualties in the other. A U;S. military spokesman said tlie Nortlt Vietnamese in< flicted heavy casualties on k three-platoon force of about 105 men of the U.S. 1st Cavalry, Airmobile, Division in Mondaiy's fighting 172 miles southwest of Plei Djering. The spokesman said one platoon — .about 35 men — was overrun and tot* the brunt of the casualties. He would not comment on reports that there were only three survivors In the platoon. U.S. military officials consistently refuse to give specific casualty figures in any action :on. grounds: of security. !!Fbfe North Viletiiainese vaned iieveral'wbuAded'"Am^^ as iiwysvirfipt acraiB tiie battie^ field, Ihe^apdceAnkn reported. 'The cavabyinen reported Wiling 102 North ^Hetnamese witii the aid of ahr strikes and artil- |lery. The North Vietnamese force, was estimated at a battalion of about 500 men In all, and the force that, overran the cav-: airy platoon was reported to be ISO to < 200 men. MS. BS2 bombers roared ovetf the Plei Djering area today in support of the ^th and 1st Cavr airy' divisions and dropped their bombs on a North Vietnamese staging area 17 miles west «C tht Special Forces' camp. Oidy small, scattered ground actim was reported elsewhere in Viet Nam. Over North Wet Nam, the bad flying weatiier of the past two weeks persisted and U.S. pilots flew oidy 41. missicms Monday .i They hit at storage areas, roads and trudc parks, mostly in the southern panhandle. U.S. pilots flew 473 single- plane sorties Monday against Viet Cong camps, storage areas and fortified positions in South' Viet Nam. South Vietnamese pilots flew 147. The U.S. Navy announced that one sailor was killed and five were injured aboard the destroyer Philip Sunday when a highline rig collapsed during refueling in the Gulf of Tonkin off North Viet Nam. The highline was rigged between the Philip and the tanker Navasota and was being used to transfer mail and supplies. The Navy said a coupling on the line parted. (Continued on oagt 2. coliuu 11 He Was Several Other People CHARLOTTE, N^. (AP) Police stopped a man for speeding Monday and asked to see his driver's license. "He pulled out one," said Patrolman Don Henderson, "and started to hand it to me. Then he said, 'Oh, that ain't me,' and he pulled out another one." The name on the first driver's license was Eddie Junior Flowe, said the officer, and the name on the second was Isiah Foster. When Henderson asked tot other identification, the man , produced light and water bills with the name of John Jeter. "I just use his name to pay those bills," the motorist told Henderson. "He's been dead several years." Then the officers took thfll man to Iiis place of employment and asked the supervisor who) he was. "Oh. that's Clyde Thompson,'* the officers quoted the supervi* sor. So that's the way he's booked:) Clyde House Thompson, 5S^ charged with driving after li* cense revocation and usi^g ai^ fitliec fieiBQQ'g Ikenie 10 '