Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 28, 1968 · Page 1
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TEMPERATURE Friday high 55 low 45 Rainfall Friday .62 7:00 a.m. today 31 Downtown at noon today 31 MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDF BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER TRAVELERS WARNING — Snow accumulation of l to 8 inches likely before ending late this afternoon or early tonight. Much colder, with low tonight from 12 to 18. Sunday fair to partly cloudy and continued cold. VOLUME XLIX—NO. 76 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, SATURDAY. DECEMBER 28, 1968 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c 27 KILLED CRASH Rules No New Year's Truce Cong Offers Talks On Release Of 3 SAIGON (APt The Vict Cong today broadcast a now offer fo meet with U.S. representatives on New Year's Day to ne- a nnounecment that there will be natives on New Year's Day to negotiate the release of three American prisoners of war. It came only hours after an allied announcement that there will lie no cease-fire Jan. 1. A similar moplint* Christmas Day broke down when U.S. rcp- TOKYO (API Japan today resentatives charged the -Viet condemned Communist China ConR trietl ,0 lu, '° mem mto a for detonating another nuclear "propaganda circus." Condemn China JAPANESE CHECK BOMB FALLOUT Misses Runway AIRLINER HITS HANGAR AND BURNS FROGMEN BOARD APOLL.O 8—U.S. Navy frogmen board the'Apollo 8 spacecraft alter it landed with its crew of three astronauts in the Pacific Ocean about 1,100 miles southwest of Hawaii. (AP Wirephoto via radio from USS Yorktown) ASTRONAUTS ARRIVE ON USS YORKTOWN—Apollo 8 Astronauts who voyaged from the earth to the moon and back again stand on ramp leading from helicopter to deck of USS Yorktown. Frank Borman is at left foreground; behind him is James A. Lovell Jr., and at right is William A. Anders. (AP Wirephoto via radio from USS Yorktown) Holds News Conference Butchered Child Fly Home To Belated Christmas With Families MAY GET STARTED ON TALKS LBJ SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (AP) President Johnson says he has been told by his No. 2 Vietnam peace negotiator that Ihere are indications the stalled Paris talks may move off dead center soon. In H wide-ranging news conference in Washington Friday, the President said that Cyrus Vance, deputy U.S. negotiator at Paris, told him earlier this week that i "He believes we can get going on substantive talks after his return there and we ere just praying that can be true." Vance returned to Paris Friday after a trip to the United Slates to brief officials on the talks. He reported whet he had told the President when he arrived in Paris. Vietnam was very much on Johnson's mind during the news conference, in which he said the failure to end the war was the major disappointment of his five years in office. He said that in spite of the sorrow and regret at the continuing deaths of Americans in the Southeast Asian war he has enjoyed every minute of his lime in the White House. ^^^^l Astronauts In Great Shape' Out of Prison After Voyage To The Moon CHICAGO (AP) • - A request ,' for a new trial from a man I serving three consecutive life [ imprisonment sentences and 26; shorter concurrent sentences was denied Friday by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. William Heirens, 39. who pleaded guilty in 1946 1o three j KjfYnn fflllc In murders and a variety of bur-! ,1,AWM V-UISS III glary, robbery and assault char-! Frimmn - A rlvrc /M>i> ges, requested the retrial on J 'vicign MUVISCrS the grounds that he was incom- 1 — • Passengers On 3 Airliners See Return Of Apollo 8 petent to conduct his defense at the time of his arraignment. He also contended that the guilty pleas were forecd by police, the Cook County state's attorney and the news media. Heirens was convitced of the sensational kidnap-killing of six- year-old Suzanne Degnan, the fatal heating and shooting of Frances Brown, 33, an ex-Wave, and the knifing of Mrs. Josephine Ross. 43, a widow. The little girl was kidnapped on Jan. 7, 1946, and her dismembered body was later found in a sewer catch. Heirens was arrested June 26, 1946. Miss Brown's death scene included a lipstick message scrawled on the wall: "For Heaven's sake catch me before I kill more myself." The appeals court in a two i KEY BISCAYNE. Fla. (AP) — President-elect Nixon summoned his foreign policy advisers to his bayside retreat today HONOLULU (API "It j started small and then—boom I -it was right across the sky for j miles and miles." said Ken Do- > lan. "He's a red ball of fire fol- 1 lowed by a long streamer of i while incadecent material . . .; thai must be 100 miles in length," i said Capt. Jake Morcuni. These By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ABOARD USS YORKTOWN j (AP) — The Apollo 8 astronauts ! continue physical debrief ings aboard this carrier today before j flying to the United States arid a j belated Christmas with their j families. "They're in great shape," reported Dr. Clarence A. Jernigan. a space agency physician aboard the carrier. Jernigan said Air Force Col. device. Weather stations throughout the country checked for fallout and five jet fighters flew to 30,000 feet over western Japan to collect fallout for analysis. Price Minister Eisaku Sato's government said the test "utterly ignored the sincere desire of peace of th Japanese people" land "ran counter to world public opinion at a time when prospects for easing world tensions i and prevention of the spread of I nuclear weapons are growing I rapidly." Mayor Setsuo Yamada of Hir- soshima, where an estimated 200,000 persons were killed in World War II A-bomb blast, ca- I bled his protest to Premier I Chou En-Lai in Peking. "I strictly protest against ': your series of nuclear experi- ! ments on behalf of the citizens ! of Hiroshima who have experienced the first atomic bomb in the world," Yamada said. "Nu- A U.S. spokesman said today he had no immediate comment on the new offer, broadcast by the Viet Cong's Liberation Radio. Bui on Friday another spokesman had said the United States is willing to "go anywhere, any time" to negotiate the release of the prisoners. The prisoners are Spec. 4 James W. Brigham of Ocala, Fla.; Spec. 4 Thomas N. Jones, Lynnvillc, Ind.. and Pfc. Donald C. Smith, Akron, Pa. The Christmas Day meeting, held during a 24-hour holiday truce, broke down over Viet Cong demands that the American delegation discuss "formalities" prior to talks about freeing the prisoners. The U.S. team of five Army officers said it wanted to discuss only the date, time and place for the prisoner release. The five Viet Cong representatives said the prisoners were not available and they had no Tries To Give Away $20 Bills lor a lergthy discussion of diplo -j W ere some of the descriptions mafic and security matters. j Friday from the crew and pass- Vice President-elect Spiro T.' en § ers ° f three Pan American, aoo . . . „ airlines after witnessing Apollo I *> eemeii to be in better condition many astronauts who re- Frank Borman, Navy Capt. James A. Lovell Jr. and Air Force Maj. William A. Anders Agnew was added to the list of 8 , g pemrn tQ ^ conferees for a session expected J The ApoUo g ^ ^ vo last most of the day. ! earth's atmosphere before dawn It was the first, business on i and, said Capt. Jim Holliday, And the President added he is | to one decision, upheld a ruling proud of the achievement of his administration, although he said there was much more that should have been done. The President was clearly bucyert up by the week's events, including the fantastic success of the Apollo 8 moon mission, th" release of the Pueblo crew und Cambodia's return of American prisoners. "VVo are generally very happy and thankful for the good breaks thai arc coming our way,'" he said. The only ining that would make him happie'', he added, would be peace in Vietnam. "It would jusl be paradise if we could end that thing," he raid. "But we must end it with honor." "We jusl. have lo hope and the Nixon agenda since Monday when he came to Key Biscayne for a holiday vacation. Two key members of the Nixon cabinet. Secretary of State- designate William P. Rogers and Rep. Melvin R. Laird of I cannot control | Wisconsin, selected fo head the i Defense Department, will participate. Others on hand for the meeting at the Nixon home on Bay Lane: included Gen. Andrew J. G'lodpaster, deputy U.S. commander in Vietnam who has been assigned to advise the President elect on security mat- i tcrs until the Jar. 20 inauguration; Henry A. Kissinger, Nix- j or.'s assistant for than turned from earth orbital missions. "They look great and are looking better all the time, completely alert and very happy," Marcum was skipper of Flight iJemigan commented after the 811. from Honolulu to Sydney, | astronauts completed an exten- Australia. Holliday was in com-: sive five-hour examination fol- mand of Flight. 812, from Fiji. • lowing their pinpoint splash- The third plane was captained )d . m p m Q Fri . "it was pitch-black except for the stars and this thing going < by." • clear weapons are not the ulti-' authority in that, regard. Instead mate weapons for guaranteeing j they invited the U.S. delegates the safety of. nation*." | to sit down with them at a table and partake of refreshments. Earlier today U.S. and South Vietnamese spokesmen announced they will nol observe a cease-fire on New Year's Day because of more than 140 enemy violations of the Christmas truce. New Year truces had been observed the past two years. The Viet Cong broadcast proposed the meeting be held at the same paddyfield site as the Christmas meeting, 50 miles northewst of Saigon near the Cambodian border. Ueds Demand Cease-B'ire It demanded that American and South Vietnamese forces halt all military operations near the meeting site and also respect the 72-hour New Year's i QOISE, Idaho (AP)—A worn* ar. carrying "a fistful of $20 bills" walked into a store Friday and tried to give the money to employes, Noland Theobold, manager of the S.H. Kress and Co. sto^f ,said. 'Merry Christmas and happy New Year." was all the woman ; said, reported Theobold, who j called police and gave officers a j bill the woman left behind. ' Police said 'lie bill thentu'. Thi-obo'd said: "A guy is sol was au- by H.R. Lackey, heading for Honolulu from Guam. suspicious when something I cease-fire called by the Viet .... .. r»«««»« .: , 1 T :i . • by Judge James B. Parsons of U.S. District Court that Heiren's pleas were "intelligent and voluntary." The majority report, written by Judge Walter J. Cummings Jr. with Judge John F. Hastings concurring, notes thai a three—psychiatrist pane) exam- 1 ined Heirens in 1946 and con eluded he was competent. day. The astronauts had been in space for six days, three hours, during which they soared outward toward the moon for 96 hours, circled it for 20 hours, then made a 58-hour run back to their home planet. They landed in darkness within three miles of this carrier diers." famed Indian fighters of j and were quickly retrieved nf like that happens.' Buffalo Soldiers In Rose Parade PASADENA. Calif. (AP) The all-Negro "Buffalo So $270 Tayl ,000 For orville Radio (Continued On Page 2 Col. 5) The report notes that Heirens family was able to afford and! 1 ' 1 ^ aKairs ; Robert D. Murphy, did hire experienced lawyers, ' lus state Department liaison and I hat his confession camei n,an: anri Bryce N. Harlow, after the attorney was engaged, j NlXon assistanl for congression- It discounts the press as being I aJ relations, responsible for the confession. Until today, Nixon's holiday The minority opinion, by i season has been one of rolaxa- Judge Luther M. Svvygert, said I tion and family privacy. Friday court officers buckled under do-! was typical: Nixon strolled in mands of a "hysterical and sen- his yard and Biscayne Bay sation seeking press' w hi c h beachfront, and watched the soughl severe punishment for splashdown of the Apollo 8 as- the crimes. 1 Ironauls. the ISfiOs. will ride again New Yeni's Day in the Rose Parade. Fourteen Negroes interested in clack military history will national secu- 1 rii \ c \ r , the parade dressed in the uniforms of Ihe 10th Cavalry. The all-black regiment served 1*1 iiie West from I860 until WW n, when it was renamed and re-equipped as a lank and mechanized infntry outfit. The present members of the hit>- ... by helicopter. The landing point 1 was 1,043 miles southwest of Hawaii. Fly Homeward Today Borman, Lovell and Anders; planned to fly off the carrierl about 5 p.m. EST today, head-! ing for Hickam Air Force Base,' Hawaii, where they are to transfer to a C141 transport plane for a flight to Ellington Air Force Base, Tex., near their Houston WASHINGTON (APi - The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday the following action: Taylorsville. Ili.-Approved i sale of WTIM-AM-FM and transfer of license and permit from Community Broadcasters Inc. to Public Service Broadcasters Inc. headed by Donald G. Jones; sale price $270,000 and agreement by stockholders in Community Broadcasters Inc. not to engage in competition with the station for 10 years. Cong's National Liberation Front. A spokesman for the U.S. Mission in Saigon said: "I'd prefer nol to comment until we've studied the text." He said Washington authorities would want to study some aspecs of the proposed cease-fire before reaching a decision. The Viet Cong broadcast said the NLF "appeals to all U.S. pacifist organizations to cooperate in the release of the U.S. prisoners, to create all proper conditions so they can soon be reunited with their families." Military spokesmen said 17 1 persons were killed during the 24 - hour Christmas cease-fire- Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) torical-equestrian group are ve- homes, torans of the Army, Navv and; They are to arrive at Elling- Marinc Corps and many fought; ton at 5 a.m. Sunday, where their families will be waiting to in World War II and Korea 1 The group's leader is Len j welcome them. Gluscow, a former paratrooper. Jack Sullivan Enters Race For Mayor Here Mt. V. Mayor Won't Run 4 Candidates For Mayor, 5 Jack Sullivan of 1915 Richview Road, a Mt. Vernon businessman, filed his petitions yesterday afternoon as a candidate for mayor. Mr. Sullivan owns and operates Jack's Home Cleaning Service. A lifelong resident of Mt. Vernon except for five years, he attended grade school here and high school at Shawneetown. For 20 years Sullivan was leader of the popular "Lucky Star" orchestra. He helped! to organize the musician's local union and is presently serving as its president, a position he has held on nine other occasions, Sullivan's orchestra has played for several civic clubs to raise funds for community pro- (Continued On Page 2, Col. 7) Ml. Vernon mayor Joe Martin announced today thai he will , not. seek reelection : | Here is his statement: "After a great deal of serious , consideration I have arrived at tlie conclusion that I can serve, the city of Mt. Vernon better in the capacity of a After a late Christmas celebration, the astronauts will begin nine days of intensive debriefings in which experts will question them about all aspects of the flight, from the perform£ f* —Hi anee ol " uie Saturn 5 rocket that rOr \«»OUflCII ] fired them away from earth, to their views of the lunar surface With the deadline for filing; and the performance of their only four hours away, Mt. Ver- j spaceship. non today had four cnadidates They've already described the tor mayor and five for 1 w { moon as being a colorless, deso- councilman posts. j ^ spot, highlighted by boul- The mayor candidates, in the I der-strewn plateaus, crater- order of filing, are Rolland Lew- j pocked plains and rugged moun- 7 Injured In Accidents South Of Mt. Vernon Woodrovv ' Burnette, George private ! Heidenreich and Jack Sullivan. I i citizen. The councilman candidates, in "I have been in city govern- j tne or d er 0 f filing, are Coy Flo- iment for the past GVa years —' 1 2Va as a council member and j four as your mayor. During this j time most of my goals have I been realized. "I have always strived for R. Lamand Paul j j the betterment of our town and for progress and progressive ta, Herman Willis, J berson, Gale Martin Partridge. Mai*y Lou Eubanks, who is seeking reelection, is the only candidate who has filed for city treasurer. Paul Hayes, who v see.ks reelec JACK SULLIVA^ programs. I shall continue to \ tion, is the only candidate who | i provide as effective leadership has filed for city clerk. ! ' as possible in the remaining The deadline for filing is 4:00 clays of my tenure and stand p.m. today, ready to serve the people of The primary election will be Mt. Vernon ,in the critical days held in February, the final elec- ahead in any way' that I can." tion jn April tains Good Landing Spul But preliminary analysis of what they saw and learned has strengthened America's desire to land men on the moon next year. The astronauts reported they had no trouble detecting land features or navigating around the moon, and they said a spot picked as a likely landing zone "is a very good one indeed." Space officials al Houston told a news conference that they were optimistic that the Apollo8 flight would lead 1 the way to lunar landings, large space stations and trips to the planets. Seven persons were injured, one seriously, as four m a j o r damage accidents occurred in Mt. Vernon yesterday. Five persons were hui I in a four-ear collision shortly before noon Friday on state route 37. five miles south of Mt. Vernon. Mosl seriously hurt was Mrs Eva Densmore, 5?,. of Mammoth Springs, Ark. Siie was a passenger in a car driven by Floyd Densmore. 60. Other cars in the accident were driven by Delbert E. Keef, .30, Route 4-A, Mt. Vernon, Terry L. Taylor, 20. 1414 Salem Road, and Raymond Martin, 35, Watseka, HI. Able to be released after treatment at Good Samaritan Hospital, were Delbert Keel, Floyd Densmore, Alyn Diann^ Densmore and Raymond Martin. Mrs. Eva Densmore remained as a patient. She was reported in satisfactory condition this morning. . Two persons were injured in a three car collision Friday afternoon on state route 37, also about the miles south of Mi. Vernon. ; The drivers were Billy Morgan, 18, Route 1, Ml. Vernon, Frankie Howard, 40, Benton, and Ruth Staggs, Wayne City. Frankie Howard and a passenger in his car, Betty Men- clrell, 32, also of Benton, suffered non-serious injuries. No one was injured in fwi. major damage accidents in Mt. Vemon. A collision Friday afternoon, in the 500 block of south Tenth street, involved trucks driven by Richard L. Johnson, 22, 301^ south 22nd street and Ralph W. Gentles, 20, 16 Linnview. The Johnson truck was damaged about $50, the other truck over $100. Three cars were damaged in an accident at Saiem Road and Lambert street. The drivers were J o h n R. Hicks, 28, 1500 Main, Susan E. Morrison, 72, Mundelein, 111., and Lee E. Rhoads, 18, Mt. Horeb, Wis, Rhoads was charged with driving too fast for conditions I i CHICAGO (AP) A North i Central Airlines twin - engine i plane attempting to land at mist -covered O'Harc Interna- ' tional Airpon Friday night slammed into a hangar and burst into flames. North Central officials said 27 persons were killed and Cook County Chicago authorities ' saic'. 27 bodies were counted in ! the wreckage, which burned for more than an hour. Eight boys, members of a drum and bugle team which had just ended a practice session in the empty hangar, were among the 27 persons admitted lo hospitals. The crackup occurred when the plane apparently missed a runway in the fog and drizzle which shrouded O'Hare, the world's busiest airport. The plane, Flight 458 which originated in Minneapolis, may have had an extra passenger. A North Central spokesman said that an off-duty pilot may have Been riding in a jump seat behind the pilot. This would make a total of 46 aboard the plane. Spokesmen for two hospitals near O'Hare said many of the injured persons suffered smoke inhalation. The pilol, Capt. Marvin A. Payne of Lakeland, Minn.; the first officer, Gerald R. Levalley of Bloomington, Minn., and the flight officer, Richard W. M. Kargel of Burnsville, Minn., were killed. The stewardess, Jean A. Krochek of Minneapolis, was injured.' First Fatal Accident The fatalities were the first in Noi'th Central's 20 - year history. The airline operates in 11 Midwestern states and had flown 3.1 billion passenger miles without a fatality. Forty members of the Vanguard Drum and Bugle Coips of suburban Des Plaines had been practicing in the hangar, which is shared by Braniff and Northwest Airlines, minutes before the turboprop crashed through the front doors and virtually disintegrated and exploded in flames. Officials said they could not determine why the plane hit the hangar which is about a half- mile east of runway. Federal Aviation Amdinistration controllers said weather conditions were above the minimum for a landing on the intended runway. Visibility was about one mile. One of the passengers, William De Grout, 21. of Sioux Falls, S. D., said, "The plane started to rock violent as we approached the airport. No one knew wha was going on. The plane joltel ... I was thrown from my seat. It was hot and it kept getting hotter. People were screaming and calling for help . . . There was a rush of cold air and someone at the door helped us out. Someone put me in an ambulance and brought me to the hospital." Fence Blows Down Spread Salt In Mt. V. As Rough Weather Hits Mt. Vernon's streets were being salted down this morning as 30-miles-per-hour winds, snow flurries and freezing rain started a rough weather weekend. A gale-like wind blew down a wood fence protecting demolition work of public square buildings on Ninth street, near Main. City street workers were called out to start spreading rock salt on streets just as the snow flurries began. "We decided to salt early, before it. was actually needed, after hearing weather forecasts of an accumulation of snow," said City Manager Chester Lewis. Early salting, he said, would help prevent a build-up of ice and snow on the sheets unless it is an unusually heavy snowfall. The temperature dropped ten degrees in 30 minutes this morning, bearing out the forecast of a bad weather weekend. A one to three inch accumulation of snow is forecast, with colder weather tonight and Sunday. A traveler's warning was issued this morning. The Weather Bureau 'urged everyone to stay home , this weekend, unless It is urgent* ly necessary to travel

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