Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 19, 1968 · Page 1
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TEMPERATURE • Wednesday high 46, low 39. Rainfall Wednesday .21. 7:00 a.m. today 39. Downtown at noon today 47. MT.VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDI" 1 " BUREA»» OF CIRCULATION VOLUME XLIX—NO. 69 SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS^ THURSDAY. DECEMBER 1!). l«»bS A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illinois — Fair to partly cloudy and cooler tonight and Friday. Low tonight from the upper teens north to upper 20s south. High Friday in 30s. 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c KIDNAPERS DROP RANSOM, RUN UNNOTICED CHANGE IN SANTA—This little girl in Alton, Illinois doesn't seem to notice any difference in Santas color as she tells him what she wants for Christmas. Carey Ingram, 17, performs the Santa bit at a recent Christmas part]' (AP Wirephoto) at the Alton YWCA. CAMBODIA TO RELEASE Long Meeting Held Possibility Of Break In 12 YANKS Pueblo Case SAIGON (API Cambodia announced today thai it is releasing 12 American soldiers captured in the past year, and the Viet Cong offered to free three U.S. troops it holds and possibly more. Prince Norodom Sihanouk, the Cambodian chief of slate, told a news conference in Phnom Penh he was freeing 11 American soldiers and a South Vietnamese captured last; July when their river boat strayed into Cambodian waters and an American helicopter crewman captured last month. A Viet Cong spokesman in Paris said the three soldiers it is offering to release are Thomas Nelson Jones, Donald' L. Smith and James W. Brigham. He gave no home addresses or Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and North Korean representa, Lives met. at Panmunjom Thursday, Korean time, in their longest session since the capture of Ihe U.S. intelligence ship Pueb- lu, the State Department reported today. Though no details were dis- cli seel on the four-hour and 50- n:inute session, the State Department's confirmation gave credence to reports the two fides were working on a statement to speed release of the 82 surviving crewmen. The meeting was the 27th between the representatives and followed a session Tuesday, Korean time, of two hours and 46 minutes. North Korea has demanded thai the United States acknowl- (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) : If Saigon Attacked U.S. WOULD AGAIN BOMB NORTH VIETS PARIS (AP) — The United States has told North Vietnam ; at a Viet Cong attack on Sai- .jon could bar serious peace talks and carse a resumption (if the bombing of the North, ii.e North Vietnamese said today. i The North Vietnamese informants reported this after a i secret session with U.S. negotia- • tors apparently failed to break ; the long deadlock over how to \ start an expanded conference on ! ending the war. ] America's Cyrus R. Vance j and Hanoi's Ha Van Lau traded ! charges and repeated their past I rival proposals for conference ! table shape designs and other procedural items still in dispute, the North Vietnamese said. Diplomats in close touch with developments agreed that the two deputy chiefs of their delegations had made no progress : at their session, the first since 'last Friday. I The no-progress outcome of ! the private session—the fifth be| tween the two conference proce- jdures—left in doubt when their | might be an, opening of the j conference that President Johni son once announced would begin Nov. 6. Johnson's Nov. 1 order to stop U.S. bombing of North Vietnam was part of a package arrangement supposed to lead to an ex, panded peace parley but the rival diplomats have yet to agree on procedures. A North Vietnamese commu­ nique said Vance called today's session and that he repeated "old American propositions concerning the conference table, the order of speakers according to the U.S. conception of the conference as two-sided." "At the same time," the Hanoi delegation statement continued, "Mr. Vance said there was information that 'the armed forces of the South Vietnamese National Liberation Front' (the Viet Cong) are preparing to attack Saigon." Vance "declared that if this happens, 'It would create a situation such that it would : be impossible to carry on serious talks and to continue the halt in bombing of North Vietnam,' " the North Vietnamese said. \, ^7 >:* % * Find $500,000 COPS BREAK UP DELIVERY BY ACCIDENT MIAMI, Fla. (AP> Police accidentally broke up an attempt to ransom kidnaped coed Barbara Jane Mackle today when they stumbled on two men who had fished a suitcase stuffed with an estimated $500,000 out of Biscayne Bay. Unaware that the girl's father, home building millionaire Robert Mackle, had placed the money in the bay upon instructions from the kidnapers, the officers chased the men they saw emerge from a jungle area adjoining the water. But the men. one described as stockj' and about 40 years old with dark hair and the other as handsome and 25. dropped the suitcase full of money and fled. The officers, one a Dade TIUS BIG CRANE, equipjtcd with heavy shovel, started this m oriiing to complete demolition of a half-block of buildings on the north side of the Mt. Vernon public square. The property, o wiied by the Security Bank and Trust Co., once iioused Webb's Book Store, O'Brien's Office Supply, Mary Jane Studio, Anier ican Tavern, and Mode O' Day Store. To be wrecked soon is another property owned by Security, a two-story brick and stucco structure at 118 north Tenth street formerly occupied by Easton's Flowers and upstairs offices. J. Marvin Powers, Security president, said the bank board has not finalised plans on future use. of the properties. The demolition contract was awarded to Phil Thompson of this city. (Delo Photo Craft) Kills 6 Children, Self NAPA, Calif. (API A man newly sued for divorce shot and i killed six of his children early i today, set their home afire and i then fatally shot himself, police I reported. His wife and an 18-year-old son were absent, and survived Firemen and police, responding to an alarm from a neigh-' bor, found Charles Bray, 40,' dying in the front yard with a 1 .22 caliber rifle besjde him. An j empty gasoline can lay nearby. The one-story wooden house | near the center of Napa northeast of San Francisco was I ablaze, but the fire was quickly controlled. Inside officers found the bodies of the six children, Allen, 16: Debbie, 15; Shirley, 14; Randy, 12; Stanley, 8; and Charlene, 6. The seventh child, George, 18, had left before 6 a.m. to deliver newspapers. The wife, Sylvia, 37, had filed suit Hor divorce Wednesday and spent the night at the home of a woman friend. Coroner Walter Lander said the children had been shot in the back of the head and apparently died immediately. Christmas Trees, Lights Stolen In Mt. Vernon The Christmas thieves are at work in Mt. Vernon. ; A representative from the Mt. \ Vernon Jaycees today told po- 1 lice nine Christmas trees and i 15 full sets of lights along with ; 100 miscellaneous light bulbs have been stolen from "Christmas tree lane displays" throughout the city. A Santa Claus at 10th and Maple has also been j damged by vandals. Mt. Vernon Police Chief Fred Dedman said auxiliary police along with off-duty policemen will be patrolling city streets more heavily until a tier the holidays. Dedman said anyone noticing people tampering with the Christmas trees or displays should notify the police department. Warhead Test Jars The Desert PAHUTE MESA, Nev. (API — A hydrogen type nuclear device with the wallop of a million • tons of TNT heaved a mesa top momentarily heavenward today and sent oceanlike waves rippling over the Nevada desert. A great cloud of dust spurted high above the sage and sand. And newsmen, allowed to watch a major underground test for the first time from a vantage point but 12 miles away, felt the ground heave beneath them "like the motion of a bouncing boat..' The blast, one of the mightiest yet in the United States, went on despite protests to the Atomic Energy Commission from some scientists, labor leaders and pacifist groups. And, as the AEC predicted, it apparently caused little if any off site harm. In the gambling town of Las Vegas, 105 miles from the explosion 4,600 feet under 6,200-foot- high Pahute Mesa, shock waves (Continued On Page 2 Col. 8) At Welfare Office Party For His Children Father Of 10 Kills Johnson's Flu Case Is Better SHOPPING DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS $2,000 For Jefferson Memorial WASHINGTON (AP) — President Johnson, suffering a bout with the flu, was described as improved today, 21 hours after he entered Bcthesda Naval Hospital. White House press secretary George Christian said the President spent a fairly comfortable night but still had some disconv fort, such as a sore throat and some tightness and aches. Christian said that Johnson's temperature was down to normal but added that Dr. George G. Burkley, the President's personal physician, indicated' it may go up during the day. Johnson's temperature upon entering Ihe hospital was 101.6, three degrees above normal. Christian said Johnson was taking fluids and had eaten a light breakfast. The President continued to do necessary paperwork this morning. Christian said, similar to the routine ho followed yesterday. The press secretary said il still is not known how long John! son would remain in the hospital i "but I'm sure it will be at least I thiough the day.' Begin Christmas Vacation Friday In Schools Here Christmas vacation begins in the schools of Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county at the close of classes tomorow. The vacation for high school and grade school students will amount to 12 days, with classes resuming on Thursday, January 2. Rend Lake college students j will get a longer vacation, with i classes resuming on Monday, ! January 6. ' CARLINVILLE, 111. (AP)-- A ' distraught father of 10 children • opened fire on a welfare agency Christmas party for his family Wednesday, police said, killing four persons and wounding four. \ He then fled the scene, shot him- i self and died hours later. Authorities said Sherman 'Kline, 38, pulled out. two pistols while gifts were being opened , in the offices of the Illinois De- jpartment of Child and Family j Services and began firing. Killed were his estranged jwife, two social workers and a '; receptionst. Wounded were four | of the Kline children, two in icritical condition and two in | serious condition. ' Kline then drove some GO 'miles to the home of a brother I near O'Fallon, Mo., where, the brother said, he admitted the shootings, but refused to give himself up. Vernon Kline said his brother ran into some nearby woods, he heard a shot and called police. Officers found Sherman Kline in the woods with a bullet wound in his head. He died Wednesday night in a St. Charles, Mo., hospital. A spokesman for the welfare agency said later he believed Kline was upset because he thought the agency had "come between himself and his family." 3 Social Workers Slain Killed were social workers Frank Wildgrube, 24, and Ronnie Albracht, 23, both of Carlinville; receptionist Ann Keppler, 25. of Benld and Kline's 33-year- old wife, Lorraine. The wounded children were Michael, 14, and Diane, 8, both in critical condition in Springfield's St. John's Hospital and Gene, 13, and Judy, 10, both in serious condition in a Carlinville hospital. Miss Keppler, who reportedly planned to marry next March, was credited with saving the lives of two other secretaries in her office when she stepped between them and Kline as he fired into the office. Invited to the Christmas party were Kline, who lived in Brussels, 111., Mrs. Kline, who lived in St. Charles, Mo., and seven of the 10 Kline children. Three of the children had been legally (Continued On Page 2 Col. 5) Four Oil Fields Extended SIU RANKS 20th E. M. SELF SR., president of the Jefferson County Memorial Hospital board of directors^ accepts two $1,000 checks for the now hospital .building fund. From the left are Buy E. IJenolst, hospital board member; Marvin Powers, president of Security Bank and Trust Co. presenting a check !n behalf of the bank; Mr, Self; James Kaufman, commander of the American Legion Post 141 presenting a check in behalf of the Post; and Carl Jones, vice president of the hospital board. Kaufman said, "Jt is the sincere wish of the American Legion Post 141 that Jefferson Memorial be endowed with a fine new building that will serve Mt. Vernon and the community with the best in medical enro." Self said, "It's a pleasure to be associated with men like Mr. Kaufman ar»H Mr Powers and all that they stand for in helping in the progress of the community." Ken Robinson, administrator of Jefferson Memorial, said that these as well as all gifts are being put into a special escrow fund for the sole purpose of building the new hospital. I • CARBONDALE, 111. (AP) — Southern Illinois University ranks 20th in the nation in terms of fulltime resident students, a spokesman said today. The school has moved up one position since last year according to a University of Cincinnati study. URBANA. 111.. Four extensions to Illinois oil fields were ('iseovered in November according to John C. Frye, chief of the Illinois Stale Geological Survey, a division of the Department of Registration and Education. Production in Dale Consolidated field was extended a half ni'le with the completion of the C E. Brehm No. 1 Hollis well in Section 19, T. 6S., R. 5 E., Hamilton Counly, for an initial f reduction of 125 barrels of oil ier day from the Cypress and Aux Vases sands. Goose Creek Oil Company No. 1 N. Wham in Section S, T. 1 N., R. 3 E„ Marion County, was completed for an initial pro duction of 40 barrels of oil per day from the Spar Mountain pay zone, extending production in Exchange West field one- half mile. The National Associated Petroleum Company's No. 1 John R. MitcheU well. Section 3..T. 5 t R. 1-1 W., Jasper County, v\iiich had an initial production or 7', 2 barrels of oil per day !iom the Ste. Genevieve Format-on, extended production in Ste. .Jarie field three- quarters of a mile to the cast. Production in the field was extended an additional half mile eastward by the Bridgeport Drilling Company No. 1 Matilda Schneider well in Section 3, T. 5 N.. R. 14 W. Initial production for the Schneider well was Id barrels of oil per day from the Ste . Genevieve. The November Drilling Report lists 93 new oil and gas tests. Of these, 57 were completed as oil wells and 36 as dry holes. Estimated crude oil production in Illinois during November was 4,800,000 ban-els. DRIVER KILLED CARMI, 111, (AP) — Dan Carter, 73, of Carmi, was killed Tuesday night when his car hit a bridge abutment. BARBARA MACKLE County deputy and the other a Miami policeman, exchanged shots willi one of the men, who they said was armed with a carbine. Authorities later said Mackle personally placed the suitcase in the bay just before dawn. The men made the pickup, just yards from a causeway leading to Key Biscayne, in a small motorboat stolen several hours earlier. Authorities denied rumors that Barbara had been returned to her family. Asked about the rumor, Acting Police Chief Charles Price said, "we certainly couldn't make any statement right now because a girl's life is still in danger." Mackle, who made a fortune as a Florida land developer, said shortly after the money was found that his daughter had not been released. Barbara was kidnaped from an atlanta motel room early Tuesday. Mackle. through Fred Frohbose, chief of the Miami FBI, issued a slalement saying he wanted the kidnapers to know he had nothing to do with the recovery. Frohbose said Mackle "will do anything the kidnapers say to obtain (he release" of Barbara Jane, 20. Fred Fox, assistant special agent in charge of the Miami FBI office said that cash—banded in SI,000 packets—was dumped before dawn into the (Continued On Page 2 Col. ti For City Clerk Hayes Is First To File Here For City Office City Clerk Paul Hayes, 3120 Cherry, today field petitions as a candidate for reelection. Hayes is completing his second four- year term as city clerk. He was the only candidate to file petitions up to a late hour tliis morning, on the second day of a ten -day filing. Wednesday of this week was the first day for candidates to file for Mt. Vernon city offices. The last day will be December 28. The city primary will be held next February and the final election in April. To be elected are a mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and two councUroon.

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