4—A THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS 118 North Ninth Street, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864 (DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAY) MT. VERNON NEWS ESTABLISHED 1870 MT. VERNON REGISTER ESTABLISHED 1882 CONSOLIDATED SEPTEMBER 28, 1920 EDWIN RACKAWAY Editor WM. C. RACKAWAY . Business Manager .„. News Editor . A ' .Sports Editor —.City Editor ORIAN METCALF .„_„. JOHN RACKAWAY SUY HENRY VJADINE ALLISON ... Society Editor ROBERT K. THOMPSON . Adve-tising Manager CHARLES DEITZ - Plant Superintendent MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press 'S exclusively entitled to us'- for -the publication of all news credited to it or not other wise credited in this paper and also the local news puolished therein. Second Class Postage paid at Mt. Vernon, Illinois SUBSCRIPTION RATES Subscriptions must be paid in aivarice. By Mail, Jefferson County and adjoining counties, 1 year $ 9.00 5 months $6.00; 3 months $3.50; 1 month $ 1.25 3y mail outside Jefferson and adjoining counties within 150 miles; 1 ye a r $12.00; 6 months $8.00; 3 months $5.50; per single month $ 2.50 Outside 150 miles, 1 year $15.00 6 months, $8.50; 3 months $6.00; 1 month $2."5. Delivered by carrier in city per week .40 A Thought For Today «1, even I, have spoken and called him, I have brought him, and he will prosper in his way."—Isaiah 48: lo. Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.—Calvin Coolidge, 30th U.S. president. Editorial . . . Last Mile Trudge Almost In Limbo C APITAL PUNISHMENT, on the down trend for years in the ' United States, finally hit rock bottom in 1968. The year has passed without a single execution, Ihe first on record since the Federal Bureau of Prisons has been keeping statistics. It has not been for lack of candidates. Legally, the supreme penalty is still very much alive in this country. It is on the books in most states for murder, and in some instances other major crimes, and can be imposed for-29 federal crimes, from presidential assassination and espionage to rape in maritime jurisdio tions. But for a number of reasons—increasing public concern, a persistent abolition movement and increasingly close scrutiy by the courts of an increasing number of appeals—the execution, if not the invoking of the penalty, has been steadily declining. The story is in the statistics. Not so long ago, annual executions in the United States were numbered in the hundreds. As recently as 1930, he total was 155. Ten years ago it was down to 49. And in the past-five years—1963, 21; 1964, 15; 1965, 7; 1966, 1; 1967, 2—it has shrunk to the current vanishing point. * * * Death as the most severe punishment tor transgressions against One social order is as old, or older, than civilization itself Opposition; on ethical and practical grounds,lis just as ancient. ...The argument most frequently advanced in support, is its value as a deterrent. Opponents counter that most capital crimes are unpremeditated, committed on impulse, or by. warped mentalities, with no thought to future punishment;. In practical terms, hey argue, capital punishment functions not as a deterrent but as a means of public revenge. v The abolition movement has been making slow progress in revising laws. Eleven states—Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota,, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wisconsin—have abolished the death penalty. Two others-^-New York and Vermont—restrict it to capital crimes against police or prison personnel. And the Johnson administration has proposed abolition of the penalty for federal crimes Congress,' however, has shown itself in no hurry to act. * * » The most telling blow is more likely to come in the courts than in the legislatures. A Supreme Court test—on the probable grounds that the penalty violates the constitutional ban on '"cruel and. unusual punishment"—is regarded as inevitable. A recent court decision that opponents of capital punishment may hot he excluded from juries is already a major factor in the greater attention state courts are giving to appeals. Is capital punishment really on the way out? Probably not, at least not yet. For one thing, general revulsion at such crimes as assassinations of public figures, mass murders and kidnapings works in favor of keeping the penalty on the books, at least in reserve. But the application is likely to continue to become steadily less frequent and subject to stricter standards. Barring a sudden and unlikely, reversal of he trend of the past half century, the extreme penalty will be resorted to only in the most extreme circumstances. States Answer to Previous Puzzle ACROSS 1 "North Star State" 10 "Golden State" (ab.) 13 Thought of as perfect 14 Chemical suffix 15 Gunlock catches 16 Chopping tool 17 Depot (ab.) 18 Chalcedony 19 Full of chinks 21 Consumed food 22 Awkward boats 23 Feminine name 24 Conducted - , 25 Twice (music) 1? 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S WSwtecantMi 11 Wisest of the Trojans (myth.) 12 Conductors 19 Brittle 20 Talons 22 Disconcert 26 Roman goddess of hearth 27 Library helpers 28 New Zealand native 30 Plant of buttercup family SUeersat 35 Things put in 36 Of the sea 37 Swamp 38 Epic poetry 39 Short skirt of armor 41 Food cooked to a pulp 44 Baseball term (Pi.) 45 Girl's name 48 Dry, like wine 51 "FUckertail State" (ab.) 1 2 3 * 5 7 9 9 To" n 12 13 14 15 lie \1 18 r 21 23 2* 25 26 i y 30 n- 1 i* - - •MM 34, 35 <• 36 • 38 39 40 41. J* 43 J w f 6 47 "\ 49 60 •. • S3 27 (Hewfpaper Etferpris* AWL) Here Are Apollo 8 Spacemen SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — Here's a quick look at the three Apollo 8 astronauts: Apollo Commander Frank Borman, 40, a veteran of the American space program, said jokingly in a preflight interview that he and his crew are "the last of the good guys." However jokingly he intended, the harmonious conversational exchanges between ground crew sharply contrasted with the volatile Apollo 7 forerunner commanded by Walter M. Schirra. Graduated eighth in a 1950 class of 670 at the U.S. Military Academy, Borman pursued an aviation career plagued by med•cal problems that threatened repeatedly to ground him for life. He overcame them and was named in the September, 1962, group of astronauts. He is an Air Force Colonel. Calm, precise and deeply religious, Borman married his high school sweetheart from Tucson, Ariz., a blue-eyed blonde named Susan. They have two sons, Frederick, 17, and Edwin, 15. Borman and Apollo space- mate James A. Lovell Jr., manned the 14-day Gemini 7 flight. Prior to the Apollo 8 mission, they had 755 combined heurs in space, more than the entire Soviet cosmonaut corps. Command module pilot Lovell, also 40, was originally the back up pilot for Michael Collins, who was forced out of the moon flight by a bone spur in his neck. "I really came aboard with nvxed emotions. . . ," he said in a preflight news briefing. A Navy captain, Lovell graduated from the Naval Academy in 1952 and was in his fourth year as a naval test pilot when the astronaut selection began in 1059. He was passed over for the first group but reapplied and was accepted. Born in Cleveland, raised in Milwaukee, Lovell, like Borman, married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Gerlach of Milwaukee. The Lovells have iOur children: Barbara, 15; James, 13; Susan, 10; and Jeffrey, 2. Lovell was named by President Johnson to the Council on Physical Fitness, but says he now is only a "lame duck" consultant. He enjoys the reputa- j tion of crew comic. Besides Gemini 7, Lovell commanded the final Gemini flight, the four day Gemini 12. He is now the most travelled astronaut in the world. Lunar module pilot William A. Anders, on the other hand, is, at 35, a space rookie. Like Lovell, he attended the Nnval Academy, but chose the Air Force as a career. He is a major. Anders also attended the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and graduated with a master of science e'egree in nuclear engineering. Both knowledgeable and eloquent, Anders says except for his friend Jack Riley, a NASA public affairs officer, "I guess T'm the best fisherman in the world. He (Jack) can talk them out of the water." Anders is the son of "an old Navy battleship man" and was born in Hong Kong while his iaiher was executive officer on the gunboat Panay cruising the rivers of China. He and his wife, Valerie, of Lemon Grove, Calif., have fiv<- children: Alan, 11; Glen, 10; Gayle, 8; Gregory, 6; and Eric, 4. Asked his family's reaction to the moon flight, Anders replied: ". . .They of course are enthused, as I am, about my opportunity to participate in this adventure." He added, however, that "They're a little bit disappointed that I'm going to be gone during Christmas." Cleaned Stables According to mythology, Hercules accomplished the task of cleaning the Augean stables by turning the Alpheus and Peneus Rivers into the stalls. The Morning After Log Of A Space Voyage Lady Bird Happy To Get Away From Those Whsfe House Tele ones By TOM SEPPY Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson says tht; thing she's happiest ( about leaving behind after live years in the White House are all the early morning, often ominous, telephone calls to the President. "The horrendous ring of that telephone at 4:00 o'clock that drags you to consciousness and you know on the other end that it is something significant," Mrs. Johnson says. "And it is never good when it rings at that time. _"It is—and then, the sense of responsibility. It is not my responsibility but it does spill over into the whole climate of your life." Mrs. Johnson also says she will be happy to leave behind the deadlines she end the President .constantly face and the 1S- aour work days. ' The first lady made her comments in a taped television interview with Howard K. Smith to be shown at 7:30 p.m. EST over the American Broadcasting Co. network. Mrs. Johnsan says the President, like other men across the nation, brings the problems of his job home with him. And he also brings home unexpectedly the people he works with. She said, however, she wanted the President to bring the bur dens home to her after a long day in office. One of the most difficult tilings for her to leave behind, Mrs. Johnson said, is what she calls the magnetism of the White House. "Tius house is a magnet, a crossroads of good conversation, for ideas, for stimulation," she says. "All the political leaders of the country and indeed of the whole free world come through these doors, and businessmen and labor leaders and poople from arts and entertainment and scientists. "It is an exceedingly stimulating place. That I shall miss. So I think something of that life will go with my husband wherever he goes." At one point during the interview, President Johnson walked in. He said that Mrs. Johnson gave him great strength during his term. "Except for that, the job would be much more lonely and I am afraid I would be much weaker," he said. SPACE, CENTER, Houston (AP) — Here is the day-by-day log of the historic afound-the- moon mission of Apollo 8. astronauts Frank Borman, Jarhes A. Lovell Jr. and William A. Anders (all times Eastern Standard) :. —Saturday Dec. 21 Borman, Lovell and Anders blast off exactly oh time at 7:51 a.m, from Cape Kennedy, the first men to ride atop a 363-foot-tall Saturn 5 rocket. After 1% orbits of the globe, nearly three hours after liftoff, Saturn, 5's upper stage restarts to begin the 220,000-mile ttip toward lunar orbit. Traveling more than 24,000 miles an hour, the Apollo 8 crew at that point ventured further and faster than man ever flew previously. Main spacecraft engine fired for first time 11 hours after launch to make Apollo-,8's flight path more precise. ; —Sunday Dec. 22: Borman comes down with what doctors suspect wks "24-hbur intestinal flu." He vomits, has diarrhea, chills and headaches. Lovell and Anders report they had been slightly ill and took pills to control diarrhea. Despite their illness, they beam their first live TV program showing the astronauts at work. —Monday, Dec. 23: Borman reports that "nobody's sick" anymore. Crew fires small maneuvering rockets for a smaU course correction and give the world its first deep-space television portrait, beaming to home TV viewers a glowing picture of earth from 202,000 miles in space. Later, they reached the point in space where the moon's gravity has greater pull than earth's making them the first men to be "literally out of this world," as Mission Control reported. —Tuesday, Dec. 24: Apollo 8 pilots join the ranks of history's great explorers at ,4:59 a.m. when they trigger their spaceship engine to kick Apollo 8 into an initial lunar orbit ranging from 69 to 193 miles high. They televise to earth dramatic pictures of a barren and forbidding lunar terrain and announce the moon's surface "looks like plaster of paris" and "dirty beach sand with lots of footprints in it." A second engine firing during the third circuit changes Apollo 8's path to a 70-mile-high circular orbit. The crew orbits the moon a total of 10 times before triggering engine shortly after 1 a.m. Christmas Day to begin the trip back to earh. In a dramatic telecast during the ninth lunar orbit, pilots show view of earth over lunar horizon, beam pictures of lunar terv rain which they describe as "a vast, forbidding expanse . of nothing." Telecast is closet! with a dramatic reading of the; story of the creation in. the first chapter of Genesis in the Bible, with each astronaut . taking' turns reading the script as earthlings watch view at darkr ness closing over the lunar ter* rain. —Wednesday, (Christmas day), Dec. 25: Apollo 8 crew ends 20 hours in lunar orbit by triggering main engine to begin the trip back to earth, elighted that the vital maneuver was successful, Lovell tells ground controllers: "Pleased to inform you there is a Santa Claus.",At 12:39 p.m. spacecraft passes back into earth's sphere of gravitational influence again. Pilots treat earthlings to: TV broadcast showing how to prepare a meal in space. —Thursday, Dec. 26: Pilots catch up on sleep in preparation for re-entry Friday morning, but take time to give people a look at earth via television from 112,000 miles away. Young Boys Steal $50,000 Worth Of Merchandise M i.VERHOH DRIVE III THEATRE Bt. 148 — 242-8788 Open 6:00 — Starts 7:00 NOW SHOWING 1. THREE — 7:00 2. SEVEN — 8:50 THEY HAD GUTS, GUNS and ONE GAL BETWEEN THEM! KILLERS THREE*" mm 018M Aimrlcan lnt«matk>n«l Picture* ; AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL i| UNDERWATER ESCAPE from East Germany was made by Bernd Boettger, who is shown holding the equipment which made it possible. Boettger, a lifeguard, made the mini-submarine that pulled him through the Baltic Sea to freedom in Denmark. Low For Today ... CONSULT SOUPSE Q. When a married man has a house or car in his name only and he owned this property before he was married, can he sell the property without his wife's permission. j i A. A married person does; not need to consult a spouse! to sell personal property, such j as a car, to which he or she j holds exclusive title. Real es-; tate, however, is another matter. Normally, any written in- 1 strument relating to tho s".!e, j mortgage, conveyance of other j disposition of real e s tale,' should have the signature of, both spouses even if the property was owned exclusively by one of them before marriage. Under Illinois law, a surviving spouse may be entiteld to a dower- (one- third) interest in any real property held by the deceased spouse at any time during their marriage. If the surviving spouse was not a party to a real estate transaction, nad has not waived the right to dower or otherwise been barred from taking dower, he or she may be able to claim such interest, even the property has changed hands. 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