Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 21, 1968 · Page 1
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Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Saturday, December 21, 1968
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TEMPERATURE Friday high 39, low 27. 7:00 a.m. today 38. ....Downtown at noon today 37. TER- NEWS MEMBER AUDI" BUREAU' OF CIRCULATION \ ' SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL —SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE VOLUME XLIX-^NO. 71 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1968 WEATHER " ' ''/ A 4 ' • Rain this, afterno^m ana -tonight, . - ending early^ SM&y. Turning colder Sunday. A chance of snow flurries late Sunday. Ix >W tonight from 28 to 34. High Son* A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER day from 30 to ss. 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c SAIL FOR ^iiiiiiiiiiiiiiifaiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiniMiiiiuiiifiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiitiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiriiiiiif ^ ! Let ML Vernon Grow I A most surprising thing happened at the Mt. Vernon City Council this week when a motion to annex a large area directly east of the city was defeated by a vote of "three for and two against." Although a majority of the council favored the proposition, an ordinance requiring a two- thirds majority on the question of annexation, permitted two members to block the will of the majority. The refusal to accept the petition of the people living in the area involved was a complete reversal of the policy that has been followed in Mt. Vernon ever since its establishment. We have had an open door policy here, and when people want to come into the city we have welcomed them. In recent years large areas have been taken in on the west, side, on 1he north side and on the south bide, and we cannot recall when anyone wishing to come in has been turned away. If this policy had not been the rule, we might still have only the original 20- acre tract on which this town was laid out more than 150 years ago. While there has been great growth to thewest where large sections of Shiloh township are now in the Mt. Vernon city limits, and to the north where many sections have been annexed, and to the south where the city is moving down into Dodds -o- -o- t'-wnship; the city boundary to he east has remained where it was 75 years ago. Meanwhile, a large area to the east has been built up with the general understanding that sooner or later it would probably become a part of the city. The good people out there are n j ady to come in now and they should certainly be allowed to do so. Why anyone would want to keep them out is hard to understand. The members of this council, who took it upon themselves to block this worthwhile project, ^ave as their reason that the taking-in-of this new area would raise problems of sewer connections, street lighting , street maintenance, and such- like. Of course it would. These problems come up with every addition to (he city, but they are minor problems and they" can be taken care of with a little time and effort. If Mt. Vernon is to grow it must have a chance, and there i& not much chance with such performances as staged at the city hall this week. It is to be hoped that the council will reconsider its action and let the people on the east side come into the city ;ust as they have done for the people on the other three sides. Let our city grow. Tight Security At Panmurijom DISCUSS DETAILS OF PUEBLO RELEASE Release 3 Yanks? WITH CONG CHRISTMAS SAIGON (AP) - The United States today agreed to an unprecedented Christmas Day meeting with the Viet Cong to negoiate the release of three Amercian prisoners of war. The meeting at Thanh Dien, 50 miles northwest of Saigon near the Cambodian border, was proposed by the Viet Cong's National Liberation Front in a radio broadcast Thursday. The American reply was broadcast over Armed Forces Radio several times throughout the day. The NLF has said it will fly the Viet Cong flag at the meeting, and U.S. military sources in Tay Ninh City said there would be no objection to this. "They're flying their flag out there anyway," said one source. "We want our boys released from the hell-hole prisons they 'are kept in. We'll go where the Viet Cong want us to go." The prisoners whose release will be negotiated were identified by the NLF as Thomas Nelson Jones, Donald L. Smith and James Brigham. Their ranks and home towns were not announced. 1,515 Yanks Missing They are among 1,515 U.S. servicemen classified as missing in action or as prisoners of war. The NLF last released prisoners in November 1967 when three Army sergeants were freed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The U.S. announcement was issued by Lt. Gen. Walter Kerwin, commander of the U.S. 2nd Field Force. The announcement came several hours after South Viet(Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) DILLIES <-OH BOY I'M TIRED, I VVAS UPVALL NIGHT. SEOUL (AP) — The Korean truce village of Panmunjom was under a tight security lid today amid reports that 82 crew members of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo might be released Sunday or Monday. The South Korean Christian Broadcasting System reported that the United States and North Korea held their 28th private meeting today to settle final details of the men's release. Quoting unidentified diplomatic sources, the radio station said that if everything goes well at today's meeting, the crewmen would be freed Sunday or Monday. It said foth sides already have reached general agreement on the release and would not have much difficulty in working out the final procedural details. The Seoul daily Kyunghyang Shinmoon, which correctly predicted two meetings early this week, published a story similar to the radio report. U.S. military and diplomatic officials, however, refused to comment on the progress of the negotiations or on where, when and how the Pueblo crew might be released. But a high government source in Washington said North Korea had agreed to free the men and that he would not rule out the possibility that the American sailors would be on i their way home by Christmas. Korean newspapers said that at the 27th secret meeting Qn the Pueblo, held Thursday, the United States agreed to admit that he ship intruded into North Korea's "contiguous waters," before it was seized Jan. 23. The term skirts the question of whether the Pueblo violated North Korea's 12-mile limit, a statement which North Korea has demanded. The United States has said it has no evidence that the ship violated orders to remain outside North Korean territorial waters. Korean newspapers also quoted unidentified sources as saying the United States is seeking to substitute "another appropriate term "-for a public apology demanded by North Korea. Bob Hope In Thailand Today BANGKOK (AP) — Comedian Bob Hope, who arrived Friday jnighj. with a troupe of 78, will •entertain some 25,000 U.S. servicemen at three bases in Thailand today before going on to South Vietnam. He will fly by military air- i-ilane to Korat, Udorn and Ubbn in northeastern Thailand to en lertain the troops, ' 80-Hour Ordeal KIDNAPERS BURIED GIRL ALIVE IN BOX PICTURES ON PAGE 2 MIAMI (AP) — Kidnap victim Barbara Jane Mackle returned to her parents today after she was freed from a box in which she was. buried for more than three nights in the red clay of freezing North Georgia woodlands. Her parents paid a 5500,000 ransom. "I'm fine, I'm fine, Uncle Frank," Barbara told Frank Mackle by telephone after the rescue. And the 20-year-old coed told her mother that during the more than 80 hours she lay in the box buried inches in the clay of an isolated hilly woodlands near Atlanta she worried most that her family was worrying about her. An escaped convict and his woman companion charged with the kidnaping remained at large. Barbara's ordeal ended about 5 p.m. Friday. The girl still wore the red and white checkered nightgown she had on when kidnaped. A sweater was added from some unknown source. The kidnapers gave the word where Barbara could be found about 5 p.m., some 15 hours after retrieving the suitcase full of $20 bills from a shopping center on Miami's Tamiami Trail. When the noon deadline for the girl's release had passed with no word of her safety, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover announced that kidnap warrants had been issued for Gary Stevr Krist, 23, an escaped convict from California, and Ruth Eise-' mann Schier, 26, a green-eyed bleached blonde. Both were researchers at the University of Miami Institute of Marine Science. Box Had Air Pipes Hoover said the box in which the debutante was imprisoned near Atlanta was equipped with I an air pump, food, water, a fan, j and a battery-powered lamp' that failed hours before she was 1 located. The lid of the box was screwed down and flexible vent pipes protruded through the soil. Barbara told her brother the kidnapers "were very considerate" and she told her mother she was "very well taken care of by a woman," Frank Mackle said. Once rescued, Barbara was ta. The father, Robert F. Mackle, a multimillionaire land developer who is a friend of President-elect Nixon, looked worn but managed a thin smile. The background of the pair charged with the kidnaping was almost as bizarre as the wooden prison that held Barbara. Kivst Escaped Prison Hoover said Krist escaped irom a California reformatory hrough a hail of gunfire that killed his cellmate, then set about building another identity as George D. Deacon. tn December 1966, one month after.the escape, Krist brought his wife and two children to Boston. There, the high school graduate—described by the warden of the reformatory as "a young man of very superior intelligence"—convinced officials of the Massachusetts of Technology that he had an education in electrical engineering. He worked 18 months at MIT as an electronics technician. Last June Krist—under the name Deacon—came to the University of Miami Institute of Marine Science as a technician in submarine geology. W'te In California Deacon's wife and two children went to California two weeks before the kidnaping, his neighbors said. The woman in the case, a 5- foot-3, 110-pounder with a chemistry degree from the National to be a native of El Hatillo, Honduras, Hoover said. Twins Born 50 Days Apart MONTALA, Sweden (API — A 26-year-old woman in this southern Swedish town gave birth to twins 50 days apart. The first twin, a girl, was born Nov. 1, and the second, a boy, was born Friday, Both babies and, the mother, Mrs. Muj- BrittPettepspn were reported in good condition EA COLOR FROM NASA WILLIAM A. ANDERS, lunar module pilot JAMES A. LOVELL JR., command module pilot FRANK BORMAN, commander Christmas in Space The three astronauts pictured, above, will spend the Christmas tide in space in their epochal voyage into moon orbit and a return to earth sometime Christmas week. Launch of the Apollo 8 mission took place on schedule today. "Grapes Of Wrath" Steinbeck Is Dead At 61 JOHN STEINBECK NEW YORK (AP) — John Steinbeck, winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize for literature, is dead at age 66. "The Grapes of Wrath," his compassionate portrayal o{ migrant workers during the Depression won the 1940 Pulitzer Prize. Steinbeck died in his sleep at his Manhattan home Friday evening of heart and respiratory failure. He had been in failing health for some time and hacl moved into the city from his country.home in Sag Harbor on Long Island. His literary output included 24 works of fiction but it was the one novel, "The Grapes of Wrath," that secured his reputation in the pantheon of American "letters. The Nobel Prize for literature, which has been awarded to only six 'Americans, called attention (Continued On Page 2 Col. 2) Nixon Will Meet With World Chiefs Demolition Neor End Topple Metal Tower On Public Square Building -The metal tower of an S0- year-old building on the Mt. Vernon public square came tumbling down this morning. The tower toppled all in one piece into the ruins of a two- story brick structure at Ninch and Main streets. A powerful crane and shovel are being used in the demoltion work. It is one of four buildings covering a half block on the north side of the public squart which are being demolished for future expansion plans of Security Bank and Trust Co. Bayer Invites Kids To Party; Treats Ready Kenneth Bayer's annual Christmas party for children of the Mt. Vernon area will be held at 8:00 o'clock next Monday evening, December 23. Sacks of nuts, candy and oranges will be passed out to the youngsters at the outdoor party on the paved area behind the Bank of Illinois, 11th and Broadway. Santa Claus will be on hand to pass out the treats. All kids are invited to the party, which has become an annual Christmas - lime custom in the King City NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Nixon plans a swift and intensive round of personal diplomacy during the first six months of his administration, to meet with as many world leaders as possible — perhaps including French President Charles de Gaulle. Nixon disclosed 1 this after his personal diplomacy with Democrats produced the appointment of Charles W. Yost, a career ambassador little known outside diplomatic circles, to be his administration's ambassador to the United Nations. At the same time, the President-elect said Friday that Sargent Shriver—who had been the prime prospect for the U -N. post -^yill remain as U.S. ambassador to France. Nixon sources said the decision against sending Shriver to the United Nations was reached by the President-elect, Shriver and Secretary of State-designate William P. Rogers. "What we had to consider there was that fact that our relations with France are vitally important at this time and our reports indicate that he is doing and has done a very effective job in Frace," Nixon said of Shriver. Nixon, who had pledged to name a Democrat to the U.N. post, spent two hours with Shriver on Dec. 8. He said he decided only days ago that the position should go to Yost. The President -elect said he deoided the job demanded a skilled negotiator experienced at the United Nations, rather than a "political personage." "I think we have found the best man we could possibly find," Nixon said. "It is not a (Continued On Page 2 Col. 5) Julie And David Rehearse For Wedding NEW YORK (AP) — Julie Nixon, daughter of President­ elect Nixon, and David Eisenhower, grandson of former President Dweight D. Eisenhower, marry Sunday in Marble Collegiate Church. Today she marches down the aisle in a rehearsal of the wedding in the Fifth Avenue church where workman Friday were putting the finishing touches on the decorations of Christmas greenery and red and white poinsettas. After the rehearsal, the bride-to-be attends a dinner given by the bridegroom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Eisenhower, at a Manhattan restaurant. Friday, Julie was honored— and advised—at a luncheon given by Susan Harvin of Houston, Tex., a Smith College classmate and bridesmaid. Highlight of the luncheon at the posh Cosmopolitan <3ub was a skit titled "Recipe for the Perfect Bride." Julie was given a jar of pennies for "common sense," a can of meat tenderizer for "tenderness" and a red garter trimmed with black lace for "frivolity and foolishness." Instructions included with the gifts directed: "Mix all these ingredients with a tremendous amount of love and serve before wings sprout." What Julie will wear at the wedding is still a secret, although it has been reported that Pi'iscilla of Boston—who designed the gown Luci Johnson wore when she married Patrick Ni'gent in August 1966—will do Dec. 24 Arrival APOLLO 8 HEADS OUT INTO SPACE CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) — Reaching into unexplored frontiers, America's Apollo 8 astronauts today soared higher and faster than man has ever flown and set sail across the uvcharted ocean of space, aiming for a Christmas Eve orbit of the moon. Air Force Col. Frank Borman, Navy Capt. James A. Lovell Jr. and Air Force Maj. William A. Anders became the first humans to escape the grasp of earth's gravity as a jolting rocket blast hurled them out of earth orbit and sent them toward man's first voyage in the vicinity of the moon. , . As they broke away from earth's hold, Apollo 8 set a new altitude record for manned space flight,. shattering the 851- mile mark set in 1966 by the Gemini 11 pilots. The power was provided by the third stage of the Saturn 5 super-rocket that had pushed Apollo 8 into space with an e^rth-shaking roar at 7:51 a .m. EST. On Way To Moon Ground trackers at a station in Hawaii reported they had actually seen the engine firing as si propelled Apollo 8 outward toward the moon. The firing occurred over Hawaii in darkness. "You're on your way—you're rpally on your way now!" flight director Chis. Kraft radioed the astronauts after the successful burn. . t "Roger, we look good here,'' Borman replied^ For nearly three hours, Borman, Lovell and Anders had circled the globe checking and rechecking their systems, making certain all were functioning before they were committed to a potentially hazardods quarter million-mile journey across the trackless void where man has never ventured. They reported Apollo 8 was perfect and the Mission Control Cu-nter gave them the go ahead to take the historic step that propelled them toward the moon, the alluring first frontier in man's exploration of space. The third stage had provided the final push to drill Apojlo 8 into earth orbit, and the 58-foot- iong section remained attached for' the nearly two orbits that the astronauts checked the systems. At 10:41 a.m. EST the third stage was restarted a second time and during a five-minute burst it increased Apollo 's speed 'rom about 17,400 to 24,200 miles • per hour, the velocity needed to escape the influence of earth's gravity. Half an hour after the firing, the third stae:e separated from tiie spacecraft and Commander Borman turned Apollo 8 around and flow formation with the spent stage for a short period. During a manned landing on die moon mission, the Apollo craft will lmve to fly up to the burned out stage and link up with a lunar module stowed on top of it. The lunar module is the taxi that would carry two astronauts to the surface of the moon. The Apollo S third stage later was to fly off on a separate path that was to take it into endless orbit around the sun. The separation occurred while the spacecraft was about 3,000 mil's from earth. Mission Control reported, "All looks satisfactory." The 36-stoi-y-tall rocket, the world's most powerful, roared aw.iy from Cape Kennedy at T:5l a.m. EST, All three stages . fired as planned during 11% (Continued On Page 2 Col. 3) (Continued On Page 2 Col 8) Urn,, SHOPPINC PAM, V

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