Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 20, 1968 · Page 1
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Friday, December 20, 1968
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1 TEMPERATURE Thursday high 53, low 39. 7:00 a.m. today 27. Downtown at noon today 38. Ml VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDT BUREA»' OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL —SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illinois — Generally cloudy tonight. Low 28 to 35. Slightly warmer Saturday with rnin developing extreme south and rain or snow elsewhere. High Saturday 35 to 45 except near 50 extreme south. VOLUME XLfX—NO. 70 MOUNT VERNON. ILLINOIS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 15)68 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c APOLLO OXYGEN TROUBLE USS PUEBLO, an American intelligence ship, was captured with 83 men aboard in January. As MIG fighters circled overhead, the ship was forced by Communist patrol boats to put into the North Korean port of Wonsan. HANDS RAISED, men said to be crew members of the USS Pueblo are led ashore bv North Korean forces. Shriver Stays NIXON PICKS CHAS. YOST FOR U.N. JOB NEW YORK (AP) -- President-elect Nixon today named career diplomat Charles W. Yost to become U.S. ambassa- and announced that Sargent Shriver, who had been consid ered for the job, will remain ambassador to France during the new administration. Both men are Democrats. Nixon said he considered it essential to have bipartisanship in the top diplomatic councils of Lis new government. His selection of Yost was a surprise, for speculation about the U.N. job had for days centered on Shriver. Nixon said he and his advisers decided that in this era the United Nations job requires "a skilled professional diplomat" rather than a political figure. Yost holds the rank of career ambassador, but had been reined since 1966, when he left the U.N. as deputy ambassador under Arthur J. Goldberg. Yost is 61. Nixon disclosed that he had discussed the U.N. appointment •not only with Shriver, but with S*>n. Eugene J. McCarthy, D- ?vlinn., and with Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. But he maintained that they had not bLen flatly offered the appointment. Nixon said he doesn't offer a job until he is certain the man involved is going to take it. Never Missed In 47 Years The picture of a Mt. Vernon man appeared in a recent issue of The Rotarian magazine—in illustrious company. He is Myrl M. Lumbattis. of 1 Oak Place, who has not missed a Rotary Club meeting in 47vyears. Pictured in the magazine with Lumbal tis are 21 o1 her • : R6tar- ians, from all over the country, who have not missed a meeting in at least 35 years. Mr. Lubattis is a past president of the local cluh, past district governor and a charter member; Carlinville Shooting Ransom Paid Today j Perhaps By Christmas 6th Massacre Death Flu-Related Deaths Are Increasing By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Deaths from influenza, pneumonia and related diseases reached epidemic proportions for the second straight week, the National Communicable Disease Center in Atlanta announced today. The center reported 703 deaths from pneumonia-influenza -213 more than normal—during the week that ended Dec. 14. These deaths occurred in 122 cities used by NCDC in compil- j ing weekly reports. The total for the nation would be slightly higher. For the first week in December, a total of 672 pneumonia- influenza deaths was reported as compared to an expected 476. In determining severity of outbreaks, NCDC uses an expected figure--or normal—for each week of the year. When deaths exceed a predetermined figure above the expected number, NCDC considers the epidemic threshold has been passed. The flu epidemic continued today to cause school closings, cancellations oi public evenls, and slowed-down business and holiday activities. It also threatened to dim a major social event—the wedding on Sunday of Julie Nixon to David Eisenhower. Mrs. Dwight (Continued On Page 2 Col. 5) SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP) — Eight-year-old Diane Kline died today in St. John's Hospital, the sixth fatal victim of a shooting in a Carlinville welfare office Wednesday. Another Kline child, Michael, 14, remains in very critical condition, hospital officials said. A son-in-law. Charles Bennett, 20, said Sherman Kline, who turned a Christmas party for his family into a bloodbath, "was always talking about shooting people." Kline was a plumber, 38, and 1 the father of 10 children. "Dad felt so hurt that he was I going to get rid of us all," ! a married daughter, Linda, 15, said. Kline drew two pistols Wednesday in a state welfare office and opened fire on everyone in sight. Four persons, including his estranged wife, were killed. Kline died later of a bullet wound which officials said was self-inflicted. "He was high-strung, disturbed at times, and felt the welfare department was trying to take his children away," said a patrolman who had known Kline for about 10 years. Four Kline children were wounded in the outburst, two critically. Three welfare caseworkers, also were killed. They had invited six of Kline's children and the parents to the welfare office and cheerfully tried to evoke something of a Christmas spirit in a broken family. Alvin Sawyer, sheriff of Macoupin County, said he believed Kline was motivated-by revenge. Killed were the caseworkers who had recommended that six of Kline's children be put up for adoption. They judged Kline and his estranged wife, Lorraine, unfit parents. Kline had been scheduled to be sentenced today on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and assaulting a police officer. He had pleaded guilty to the charges, which arose from an incident in May in a St. Louis suburb. ACCUSE 2 OF MACKLE KIDNAPING Promise Release Of Pueblo Crew LYNDA'IN ENGLAND SHOPPING DAYS I'TIL CHRISTMAS LONDON (AP) - Lynda Bird i Robb, on her way home from a 1 visit with her Marine major husband in Thailand, is stopping in London for several days. Cite Mt. V. Gl For Heroism MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — An escaped convict and a woman were charged today with kid­ naping Barbara Jane Mackle, coed daughter of millionaire Florida land developer. The warrants were announced in Washington by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover after a night of waiting for the release of Barbara after the ransom was paid, it was it was learned here. The persons charged were identified as Gary Steven Krist, an escaped convict from California who lived a tangled double life posing at two universities as researcher George Deacon, and Ruth Eisemann Schier. Both fugitives had worked at the University of Miami Institute of Marine Sciences. It was from "the institute that a 13%foot speedboat was stolen in the first attempt o pick up $500,000 in ransom money early Thursday. After that attempt failed because of accidental police intrusion, Barbara's father, Robert Mackle, pleaded with the kidnapers not to take revenge on his daughter. The warrants were based on complaints issued Thursday night in Miami before U.S. Commissioner Edward P. Swan. Hour by hour, from about 9:15 p.m. Thursday, the FBI said a statement was imminent. Then, according to an extremely well qualified source, the kidnapers made a new contact with the girl's millionaire parents. The same source said the ransom was paid in the early hours today, this time without a hitch. All morning, the source here said, the 20-year-old Emory College coed's parents and the FBI waited for the expected release. But the FBI said in Washington this afternoon Barbara was still missing. The suspects who were charged also were missing and wanted fliers were put out. i There was no comment from ; the Mackles. Barbara Jane, 20-year-old Emory University junior, was! kidnaped from an Atlanta motel I room early Tuesday. \ 11 Released GIs Arrive In Bangkok BANGKOK (AP) — Eleven American GIs arrived in Bangkok today after five months in Cambodian captivity. A 12th American also was released, but remained in Phnom Penh because he was not well enough to travel. The 11 soldiers, who had been captured last July when their river boat strayed into Cambodian waters, leave Bangkok late tonight for Clark Air Base in the Philippines. A plane was waiting there to take them home for Christmas The 12th man, Spec. 4 Earl Gurnsey, was a helicopter pilot who was injured when his plane was shot down over Cambodia Nov. 27. Prince Norodom Sihanouk, the Cambodian chief of state, j announced the release of the Americans Thursday as a Christmas gesture of good will. The 11 soldiers were turned over to the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh, which represents the U.S. government in Cambodia, and a commercial airliner brought them to Bangkok this afternoon. The 11 soldiers were Warrant, Officer Ralph W. McCullough, j Columbus, Ga.; Spec 4 Harley M. Cassell JJr., Danville, Va.; i Pfc. John R. Chevalier, Jersey City, N.J.; Spec. 4 Donald E.; Grigsby, Springfield, Ohio; Sgt. j Lee E. Henry, Oakland, Calif.; j Sgt. Terry L. Kramer, Wauze -j ka, Wis.; Spec. 4 Donald E. | Price, Columbus, Ohio; Sgt. j Harold D. Simms, Kingman, j Ind.; Sgt. Floyd A. Wilmoth. ; Yadkinville, N.C.; Spec. 4 Klaus j Zupp. White Plains, N.Y., and| Sgt. Winfred D. Crowe, Duluth,! Ga. The soldiers admitted at a< news conference that "several i weeks ago" they had written a letter to Prince Sihanouk condemning U.S.-Cambodian border incidents. WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea is preparing to release the 82 surviving crewmen of the captured U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo in the near future, perhaps by Christmas, according to a high government source. The source, who could not be I identified, said he could not dis- 1 close any details, except to say that the North Koreans agreed to release the prisoners following a total of l^k hours of meetings with American officials Tuesday and Thursday at Pan- munjom, site of the Korean ar mistice talks. Defense Department officials termed the Thursday meeting at Panmunjom "constructive," but with "no decisions made," although developments were expected "very shortly." The State Department Thursday had declined to express any thoughts of the release reports. "I will not express an opinion one way or another, and I hope you will bear with us," State Department press officer Robert J. McCloskey said. He did not deny the reports . Reports had circulated in recent day of the possible release of the officers and crewmen of the ship, captured last Jan. 23 off the coast of North Korea. And from South Korea came word Thursday that a high government source said he believed the Pueblo crew would be re- Mendenali, Carmi Men Get Prison SPRINGFIELD. 111. (AP) Three men have been entenced lo prison on charges connected W'th the sale of securities ol Southern United Life Insurance Co. Malcolm Rudolph and Charles E. Barbre, both of Carmi, were si von IS months sentences Thursday by Judge Omer Poos of U.S. District Court. Judge Poos said they would be eligible for parole in four I months. Both men also were or- i dered to serve five years pro- I bation. | Vernon Mendenali of North ! Little Rock, Ark., received a lAvo-year sentence with a provision he will be eligible for parole in six months. He also was placed on five years probation. The three men were indicted in 1965 on charges of federal securities violations, mail fraud' McMalinn Sentenced Louis E. McMahan of Mount Vernon, former president of Southern United Life Insurance Co., was sentenced to four years and fined $10,000 Dec. 9 in die same case. Tlie firm has since merged with another insurance company. Delay Threatened STILL AIM FOR LAUNCH AT 7:51 A.M. Ken Gray On Trip To Japan I WASHINGTON (AP) - Two members of the House Public Works Committee presently are an official inspection trips into Pacific areas, increasing, to six the number making such,, ,,trips since Congress adjourned, committee sources said today. Rep. Kenneth J. Gray, D-Hl., is on a two-week visit to Japan to study high speed travel and water pollution control in that country, an aide said. Rep. Ed Edmondson, D-Okla. is on a two-week trip to South Vietnam to study Army Engineer military and harbor construction in that country. Both men are due back in this country before Christimas, the committee aide said. (Continued On Page 2 Col. 2) Four Buildings Burn In Pana PANA, 111. (AP) — Firemen from Pana, Taylorville, Shelbyville and Assumption battled for more than three hours Thursday a fire that destroyed two buildings and damaged four others. No one was injured. Pana fire officials said the fire started in the boiler room of the Presto Wash Coin Laundry. The buildings destroyed contained the laundry and the Pana Maid Furniture Store. Damaged were a one-story insurance building, and two-storey buildings housing an insurance office, a tavern and apartments. The cause of the fire was not immediately determined nor was a damage estimate availa -j ble. I CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (API — Contaminated liquid oxygen was discovered today in the power-producing fuel cells of the Apollo 8 spaceship, threatening a possible delay of Saturday's planned blastoff of three astronauts on a mission to orbit tlie moon. The launch team began draining the 640 pounds of liquid oxygen from the three cells, hoping to replace it by late today. "The launch team still is aiming for a launching at 7:51 a.m. EST Saturday," the space agency said. "Work in the next few hours will determine if this can be done." Officials hoped the replacement could be accomplished during a planned six-hour hold in tlie countdown which is to start at. 3:51 p.m. The automatic hold was built into the countdown to handle such contingencies. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the contamination was caused by an excess amount of liquid nitrogen in the oxygen supply. The nitrogen is used to cool and condition oxygen before it is blended with liquid hydrogen in the fuel cells. There was no report on how tlie excess nitrogen got into the system. "This contamination does no damage to tlie fuel cells," a spokesman said. "But if launched in this condition, the astronauts would have to purge their fuel cells more often in flight—about once every hour instead of every seven hours as planned." The liquid oxygen, at 297 degrees below zero, and liquid hydrogen, at 423 degrees below, wei"e pumped into the three fuel cells Thursday. They combine during the flight to produce electricity lo run the spacecraft systems and a byproduct of water for astronaut drinking. The history-making mission, set for Saturday morning, is fraught with perils never before faced, but hopes were high that tlie astronauts would carry out their mission to orbit the moon and get back safely to earth. "The mission is justifiable and it is right, from a technical point of view," said Dr. Kurt Debus, director of the Kennedy Space Center. "The moon is an old target of man's dreams. Now it is a tangible target. "There is a very, very good chance of a successful mission. Going to the moon means opening a vast new frontier. It is an exciting and rewarding tiling to contemplate." As their date with destiny drew near,' the astronauts—Air Force Col. Frank Borman, Navy Capt. James A. Lovell Jr. and Air Force Maj. William A. Anders—were cool and confident. "We're ready as can be," one of them reported cheerfully as hundreds of crewmen preparing the Saturn 5, the world's mightiest rocket, moved at 8:51 p.m. into the final countdown, an exacting process that consumes (Continued On Page 2 Col- 4) AWARDED BRONZE STAR—'AJrmy' Specialist Four Gary P. I^oblnspn (right), Ml. Vernon, Js shown'receiving his first and second award of the Bronze Star Medal lor heroism in Vietnam, Robinson, 21, is the son of Mr, and Mrs. James Koblnson, (i()8 Park Aye. Army Specialist Four Gary P. Robinson. 21. son of Mr. and Mrs. James Robinson, 608 Park Ave.. Mt. Vernon, received hi? first and second award of the Bronze Star Medal recently near Tay Nmh. Vietnam. SP/4 Robinson received the award for heroism in action against enemy forces in Vietnam. April 12. 1968 and Aug. 22. 1968. The April 12 Bronze Star Award citation stated that "While on a combat operation, Company B came under a very intense enemy attack. Robinson, with complete disregard for his own safety, refused to leave his heavily hit position until the enemy was with 15 meters of his position. He then carried one wounded man to a secure area in the center of the perimeter and returned to another wounded man. His valorous actions contributed immeasurably to the success of the mission." The August 22 award citation read "When his unit's location Urges City Not To Accept Resignation Chamber Asks Lewis To Stay As Manager (Continued On Page 2 Col. 8) The Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce today asked Chester Lewis to reconsider his resigna- 'ion as city manager. At the same, time the Chamber's directors urged tlie city council not to accept Lewis' resignation. Lewis, who has served as city manager here for 11 ye- is, tendered his resignation at Monday night's council meeting. The city council took no action, but decided to "discuss" it fully" at an informal meet- irg on January 2. Expressing "deep concern," the directors, who represent 1,300 business and i n d ividual members, asked Lewis to reconsider. In an open letter, signed by chamber Manager Bob Poisall, the directors said, "It is our desire to express appreciation fer what you have done here in a capacity that involves decisions affecting thousands of I_.oople. It is our opinion that you have performed an outstanding job under the usual trying conditions of public office operations. 'We are confident that a great majority of our people, in and out of public office, re' cognize your professional lea; d<n-ship in city government ope- I rations and join the directors of the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce in requesting that you reconsider leaving your current position as our city manager. It takes big men to alter their decisions and we consider you quite capable of giving our request every consideration." In a letter to the city council, the Chamber directors ask that the resignation not be accepted. "Our community can ill •ifrord to lose tlie experience «irid the general know- how tound in City Manager Lewis." Coy Flora Is First To File For City Council j Coy Flota, of 714 South 21st j street, is the first to file for j Mt. Vernon city councilm a n, i subject to the primary next Febi ruary and the final election in April. Flota, who is completing his -econd four- year- term on tlie city council, will be seeking reelection. He filed his petitions this morning. Up to a late hour this morning only three candidates had filtered the race for city offices. Tney are Paul Hayes, who seeks reelection as a city clerk; R.lland W. Lewis, candidate for mayor; and Councilman Flota. The last day for candidates tio file their petitions is Saturday, December 28. To be elected next April are a mayor, city clerk, city treasurer, and two councilmen. Rolland Lewis First Candidate For Mayor O- -0- Rolland W. Lewis, a well known businessman and civic worker, is Mt. Vernon's first candidate for mayor. Lewis, of 100 south 34th street, filed his petitions in tlie city clerk's office late yesterday. He is president of House De Lions. Ltd., an importing firm, and is manager of the John A. Watts Jr. seed brokerage company. Lewis served as president of the YMCA board here for six years and was tlie leader in a community drive which resulted in establishment of a YMCA facility in the community. He has been an active worker in fund drives for community projects and three years ago headed the United Fund campaign. He and his wife, Sally, have four sons—John, 15, Jeffrey, 14, James, 11, and Robert, 7. ROLLAND LEWIS Y

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