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Si** fn 'MPERATU RE I Thursday high 58. low 12. 7:00 a.m. today 20. Downtown at noon today 21. "VOLUME mx—NO. SO" MT. VERNON REGIST MEMBER AUDI" 1 " BUREAl' OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE MOUNT VERNO^riLLINOiS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 1969 NEWS A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER ^ Southern Illinois — Cold wave warnings extreme south tonight Generally fair and quite cold tonight and Saturday. The low tonight 8 above to 8 below. The high Saturday mostly In the teens. 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c KENNEDY WINS POWER U.S. Fleet Told To Keep Out Lebanon Welcomes Russian Warships Nixon Picks Aides First Of Year Giant Jet Hijacked; 148 Aboard MIAMI (AP) — The crow of sin' Eastern Air Linse stretch-jet hijacked to Cuba Thursday flew the big plane back to Miami today with 14 of the 140 passengers, including several children. Two Eastern turboprop planes were sent to the airport at Varadero, Cuba, to retrieve the., remainder of the kidnaped passengers, according to John Graffins, acting area manager for the Federal Aviation Administration. No explanation was given immediately for Cuba's unusual action in allowing some of the passengers to return with the crew. On previous hijackings, Cuba has required all passengers to remain at Varadero until smaller planes were sent Jrcm Miami for them, saying the airport runways were too , short for safe takeoff of the big commercial jets. W. J. Dane, regional manager for Eastern in Miami, said an ambulance was standing by for a woman passenger and a sick baby. In Havana, the Swiss Embassy said the passengers spent the night at, a nearly-deserted airport and would be returned today to U.S. soil. All aboard were reported in good condition. The hijacked jet, which landed in Havana at 1:05 a.m. EST, was the first hijacked plane to Cuba this year. Last year there were 20 successful WjacMngs to Cuba, 13 of them from the United States. Eastern said its DC8-61, largest commercial jetliner in America, carrying 140 passengers and eight crew members left New York's Kennedy Airport at 9:52 p.m. Thursday and! was due in Miami at 12:30 a.m. Push Peace Efforts -Rusk WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Dean Rusk said today the Johnson administration will expand its efforts "between now and Jan. 20 to improve the prospects for peace in Vietnam and the Middle East." In perhaps his final news conference after eight years in office, Rusk emphasized the threat to world peace posed by .•increasing violence in the Middle East. And he called upon both Israel end tile Arab governments to txercise restraint. Arab governments, he said, shiould recognize that they "must do their utmost to restrain terrorist activity." He added: "We call upon Israel to recognize that a policy of excessive retaliation will not produce the peace that Israel surely desires." | ay THE ASSOCIATED PRESS j The Lebanese government has ! informed Moscow that Soviet ; warships will be welcome in Le! !ia "on and told the U.S. 6th ! Fleet to keep out, newspapers | in Beirut said today. But authorities declined to confirm the re; ports. j J'he reports said the govern| Ciont told the Soviet Union that Russian ships could visit Beirut | it Moscow asked. The Soviet i fkv.t. believed to total about 50 !sii : ps in the Mediterranean, has j never visited Lebanon. The right-wing newspapers Al Nahar and Al Jarida said Premier Abdulla Yafi expressed the v e\v (hat U.S. Navy ships would be unwelcome because oi" Washington's recent decision to sell 50 Phantom jets to Israel. This would be a reversal of Lebanon's traditional pro-Western policy. In Cairo, the authoritative newspaper Al Ahram said President Gamal Abdel Nasser has erdorsed Jordanian King Hussein's call for an Arab summit meeting. The paper said Nasser sent Hussein a message signifying agreement. Arab League scources said, however, that only 6 of the 15 Arab states have so far expressed any ehthusiasm for such a meeting. They are j Egypt, Jordan. Lebanon, Sudan, i Kuwait and Yemen. Israeli anger at the world's concern for Lebanon increased: Foreign Minister Abba Eban assailed the U.N. Security Council and the Sephardic chief rabbi criticized Pope Paul VI. In a broadcast over the state radio, Rabbi NisSim said the Pope had kept silent after the Nov. 22 bombing that killed 13 Israelis in a Jerusalem market and after the Dec. 26 Arab attack on an El Al airliner in Athens in which one Israeli died. "Here," he said, "are clear signs of two tendencies on the part of the pontiff: A comprehensive war against the Jewish faith and against the country which God gave to His people... "The Pope was not shocked over the shedding of blood. . but rather over material things." Richardson State Dept. No. 2 Man LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pres!• .'out-elect Nixon, judged in "full good health to assume the challenges" of office, is preparing to fill out the top level roster i cf his new aclministration. | Nixon plans to announce Sat! r.Hay the selection of Elliot L. j Richardson, attorney general of Massachusetts, to be undersecretary of state, the No. 2 position in that department. U. Alexis Johnson, now U.S. ambassador to Japan, is to be Top Security For Nixon Visit CHICAGO (AP) Tight security measures will be in effect today when President-elect Nixon makes his first visit to Chicago since his election. Nixon will attend a dinner tonight honoring three Chicagoans who have been named to key posts in the Nixon administration. The dinner at the Sheraton- Blackstone Hotel will be hosted by W. Clement Stone, insurance executive and heavy campaign contributor. Secret Service men have been in Chicago since early in the week, coordinating their own forces with those of local police and the FBI. Approximately 300 policemen will be stationed on overpasses t-long the route from O'Hare International Airport to the Hotel. Nixon was scheduled to arrive at 4:30 p.m. 'The Nixon party will occupy the fourth and fifth floors of the Sheraton-Blackstone and po- 1'cemen will be stationed on rooftops near the hotel. Stone, president of the Combined Insurance Co. of America, has invited some 550 guests to the bipartisan dinner. Guests include Mayor Richard J. Daley, Gov. Samuel Shapiro, Governor- elect Richard B. Ogilvie, and John Cardinal Cody, archbishop of Chicago. The three Chicagoans, who will be honored, are David M. Fennedy, treasury secretary- designate; George P. Schultz, decignated as labor secretary, and Robert Mayo, who will be Mxon's budget director. HEAVY B52 BOMB RAIDS BLAST REDS At Annual Meeting Ina State Bank Declares 20 Per Cent Dividend Stockholders of the Ina ' State Rank, were told yesterday afternoon that profits for 1968 were the greatest in the hank's history. Tlie report was given at the annual meeting of the stockholders. A 20 per cent dividend was declared on stock outstanding as of January 2, 1968. Officers for the coming year were elected as follows — E. E. Kelley, president; Fred Fowler, vice president, E A. Driggers, cashier; Judy Grahlherr, assistant cashier; and M a r y Ruth Hammond, bookkeeper. named undersecretary for political affairs, Washington sources reported. These appointments, to be announced fox'mally by the President-elect and Secretary of State-designate William P. Rogers, lead off a series of sub-Cabinet selections to be made be- j(Ke the Jan. 20 inauguration. Soon to follow: Nominations to top jobs in the Agriculture Department and the Pentagon. The President-elect also said there vvill be six, perhaps as many as 10 Californians in the ranks of assistants and undersecretaries yet to be named. Nixon underwent a 90-minute physical examination at the Long Beach office of Dr. John C. Lungren, his personal physician. Lungren pronounced his health excellent for the tasks a^ead. j SAIGON (AP) — The U.S. I Command today reported the ! heaviest B52 strikes in South | Vietnam in three weeks, with al- jmosl 1,000 tons of bombs ; dropped northwest of Saigon I and nearly 500 tons on the mat' ted U Minh Forest deep in the I Mekong Delta. Ground action remained light throughout the nation, although allied sweeps continued from the southern delta to an area southwest of Da Nang where Vietnamese troops were grinding away at Viet Cong and American Marines and South North Vietnamese forces. Signs of fresh enemy movement also were reported from : two more old battle areas—the ' A Shau Valley west of Hue and the demilitarized zone between North and South Vietnam. Fliers from the carriers Coral Sea anfl Constellation hit the A Shau Valley with 31 sorites Thursday, the heaviest concentration of Naval air strength reported in one day since the bombing of North Vietnam was halted on Nov. 1. U.S. headquarters reported also that enemy activity in the DMZ had increased 1 sharply in the Christmas-New Year period, with more than 500 "indications of enemy activity" in the 12 days since Dec. 22. Marine headquarters in Da Nang released an interim report on the massive cordon operation known as Taylor Common about 25 miles southwest of Da Nang. It said in the past month the Marines and South Vietnamese have killed 934 enemy troops.. The report said American and South Vietnamese losses have been light. The road mining occurred about 20 mites to tlie south at a point where Vietnamese workers assemble for army transportation to their work. The mine exploded 1 beneath an Army three-quarter-ton truck, killing II of the South Vietnamese crowded around. Another 16 were wounded, along with the two Americans in the truck. U.S. headquarters reported three more big anus caches were turned up by allied sweeps today, adding to the mountain of war stores seized in recent months. American officers say that in 1968 U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured' enough weapons to equip more than six enemy infantry divisions. The Americans claim that this has been one of the chief reasons In Senate TWO FROM ILLINOIS—During a break in today's House Republican caucus, Rep. Leslie C. Arends, left, confers with Rep. John B. Anderson, both of Illinois. Anderson was elected chairman of the House Republican Conference and Arends was re-elected as assistant minority leader or whip of the 91st Congress. (AP Wirephoto) (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) Hijacker, Terrorists May Swap Greek Pirate For 2 Arabs ATHENS (AP) — There was speculation in Athens today that the Egyptian government might offer to exchange tlie Greek who hijacked a Greek airliner for the two Arab terrorists who shot up an Israeli airliner at Athens I airport. The plane and 102 of the persons aboard it returned safely to Athens Thursday, but Egyptian authorities were holding the hijacker in Cairo. A government source said the Greek Embassy in Cairo was being kept informed of his interrogation. There is no extradition treaty between Greece and Egypt, and 1 it was not known if Greece would make an official request for the man's return. The two Arabs who shot up the El Al airliner last week, killing an Israeli passenger, are held in Athens on a variety of charges including homicide. The Olympic Airways DC6 was diverted over the eastern Mediterranean Thursday by a gunman who fired a warning shot through a cockpit vindow and ordered tlie pilot to fly to Cairo. Olympic Airways, owned by Aristotle Onassis, sent a jetliner to pick up the 97 other passengers, who included seven Americans. The plane window was repaired, and after refueling tlie crew flew the aircraft to Athens Thursday night. The Greek government said the hijacker was George Fla- mourides, 30, a former army deserter from Crete who was jailed in 1967 for disobedience and insurliordination. He was freed by a 1968 New Year's amnesty. Egyptian authorities said Fla- mourides told them he diverted the plane to Cairo because he had been "hounded and persecuted" as an opponent of the military regime in Greece. The plane was on a 50-minute flight from Crete to Athens when Flamourides took it over. Setzekorn Acting City Manager MT. V. WATER RATE TO BE CUT IN MAY Future Civic Center Mt. V. To Invest Old Post Office j Ml. Vernon will have a new I acting city manager in two I weeks and a lower water rate in four months. That apix?ared to be the eon! census during discussioas last C _I_ Ar. ! night at an informal meeting Sale Proceeds' of the city council. Councilmen made it. plain that they want City Engineer Kenneth Setzekorn to serve as acting eity manager until a full- time manager is hired, and Set- korn said he would accept the job on a temporary basis. "I feel that if I can help It is the intention of the present Mt. - Vernon . city council that money realized from' the sale of the old post office vvill be used for a future community center — and nothing else. This fact became apparent The city realized a profit of $35,761.56 from sale of the building, after paying off the balance to the federal government. At the lime the building was sold councilmen said the money would be used for a future community center. The money will be earning interest as the council awaits a citizens committee decision on a proposal for a bond issue election to raise funds to build a million dollar civic center. Councilmen have emphasized that the money realized from the post office sale should be kept intact for use later in a community center project. Councilmen gave the city treasurer permission to use general corporate funds to 'found out" the fund' so interest bearing certificates of deposit can be purchased. This means that $38,44 will be borrowed from the general fund so. that the deposit can be an even $36,000. last night when the city coun-1 1 Tsh ° uld ' Setzekorn said, cil instructed City Treasurer I mdjcatmg a desire to employ Mary Lou Eubanks to invest Seteekorn as acUng city man- the money so it can earn in-jager were Mayor Joe Martin terest until needed. j ~"———TO BEGIN SEARCH FOR CITY MANAGER A search for a new Mt. Vernon city manager will begin soon, councilmen indicated last night. But it vvill probably take months to find, and hire, a successor to resigned City Manager Chester Lewis. Councilmen last night asked City Attorney Bill Howard to write the Illinois Aiunicipal League and obtain the names of magazines and publications which are read regularly by professional city managers. The council plans to insert advertisements in these publications, asking for applications for the open Mt. Vernon job. RED MARSHAL DEAD and Councilmen Coy Flota, Kenneth Martin, Woodrow Burnette and Russell Laur. The council agreed that Setzekorn would be paid $1,250 per month, at the same $15,000-per- year rate received by City Ma MOSCOW (AP, "- The ashes i na *P Chester Lewis, who has rncitrnoH MTC*r>r\\ic> .TnniiJirv lh of Marshal Kirill A. Meretskov were placed in the Kremlin Wall today to salvoes of an artillery salute. GOLD MINE COMPLEX—Tills w a view of a modern gold mining complex about 46 miles southwest of Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa is a modern industrialized nation fast expanding away from almost total econumic dependency on gold mining and farming. ^ (AP Wirephoto) Gold Goes Over ! $42 An Ounce LONDON (AP) - The price of gold climbed above $42 an ; ounce today for the first: timej since last May 21, but dealers j did not regard the rise with ; aiarm. • Gold was set at $42.05 an ounce at tlie afternoon fixing session of dealers. It has been hovering just under $42.00 during tlie past month, Dealers reported most buyers this afternoon were industrial u,ser. , Few speculators came into the market to buy. One dealer said South Africa and other sellers had still not organized their programs for 1969. In past months, South Africa is believed to have sold gold when the price rose above $40 an ounce. But after the French fianc and West German mark crisis of November, South Africa announced it was staying out of the market until January. t After 28 Years Don Lee Retiring -O- -o- -o- Don Lee, who has done more than any other man to improve rural life in Jefferson county, is retiring as farm adviser January 31. His retirement comes after 28 years of outstanding service to Mt. Vemon and Jefferson county. Donald O. Lee (Don to his many friends') was employed in January, 1941 as farm adviser here. Ever since then he has worked untiringly in the interests of all fanners. In addition, he always found time to take part in community- betterment projects. Before coming to Mt. Vernon he was the vocational agriculture teacher and basketball coach at Sandoval high school. Over the years high honors have been bestowed upon Mr. Lee. At one time he served as president of the state's farm advisers, has been honored by tlie University of Illinois, and received the highest honor Mt. Vernon can bestow on one of DON LEE its citizens — "Man Of The Year." Another highlight in his career came on February 28, 1967. when he was lauded at a special "Don Lee Night" dinner. a resigned effective January 16 However, the $1,250 per month will include the regular $300 (Continued On Page 2 Col. 4) Annual Farm Bureau Session Next Tuesday The 47th annual meeting of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau will be held Tuesday, January 7th at the Casey Junior High School in Mt Vernon. Caucuses to nominate four directors will be held al 7:15 p.m. Those directors whose terms expire are Walter Wagner, Bald Hill township; Frank Hartman, Casner township; George McCauley, Mt. Vernon township; and Wayne Estes. Dodds township. Also tlie director-at-large who serves a one year term will be elected. At the present, Robert Kent, Dodds towns h i p, serves as this director. The business session will begin at 7:30 p.m. President Marshall Cross of Belle Rive will preside. The speaker for the program will be Jim Lipe, former assistant farm adviser of Jefferson county. Lipe will show color slides of his recent assisgnment UNSEATS LONG FOR NO, 2 SPOT WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts won his bid to become the Senate's assistant Democratic leader as tiie 91sl Congress opened today. The Republicans also chose a new man. Just, before Kennedy unseated Sen. Russell B. Long of Louisiana, Sen. Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania was chosen by Republicans as assistant minority leader—or "whip"—over conservative Sen. Roman L. Hruska of Nebraska. By a 31 to 26 vote of a Democratic caucus, the youngest and only surviving Kennedy brother snatched a victory which could speed his way to the White House. On both sides of the Senate aisle, the forces of political moderation or liberalism were strengthened. Long, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, had been party whip since 1965. Scott, 68, a leader of moderate-progressive GOP forces, won victory by an even narrower margin, 23 to 20. The two major contests were settled just before the opening of the formal ceremonies and oath-taking that, launched the 91st Congress on its two-year career. The House already had settled its leadership issues Thursday with the predicted victory of Speaker John W. McCormaek of Massachusetts over the unusual challenge of Rep. Morris K. Udall of Arizona. The minority leadership was won by Republican Gerald R. Ford of Michigan, unopposed. Kennedy quickly took over the hont row seat that had been occupied by Sen. Carl Hayden, D-Ariz., who retired after seven terms in the Senate. As the Senate met, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, its presiding officer, swore in the senators elected last November. They came down the center aisle in groups of four, accompanied by their senatorial colleagues. A packed gallery, including wives, children, other family members and aides of the new senators, watched the swearing in ceremonies. In another major Republican contest. Sen. Gordon Allott of Colorado, 62, defeated Sen. Robert P. Griffin of Michigan,45, today for the chairmanship of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. Tlie vote was 25 to 18. The top Senate posts in each party remained in the hands of Democrat Mike Mansfield of Montana, majority leader, and Republican Everett M. Dirksen of Illinois, minority leader, who were unopposed. Besides re -electing Ford as minority leader House Republicans again chose Illinois' Leslie Arends as whip. Ocinocracs returned Carl Albert of Oklahoma and Hale Boggs of Louisiana to the majority leader and whip posts. The House Democratic Caucus gave McCormaek 178 votes (Continued On Page 2 Col. 8) (Continued On Page 2 Col. 5) Cold Wave In Plains, South By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Another surge of Arctic cold pushed into seven states of the northern plains and upper Mississippi Valley today and continued spreading to the east and south. Rain, sleet and snow at the leading edge of the cold air mass prompted traveler warnings fcr Missouri. Kentucky, part ot Tennessee and Virginia New snowfalls of as much as 1 inch in northern Kansas were being whipped and drifted by a biting northwest winds. Snow and icy i"oads in southeastern Kertucky closed schools in at least 15 counties, and more snow was forecast. The cold air that dropped temperatures as lew as -21 at Fargo, N.D., and -22 at Glasgow, Mont., was expected to reach central Texas and the Ohio Valley by tonight. Among the overnight lows were -14 at Spencer, Iowa; -12 at Eau Clare, Wis.; -12 at Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; -9 at Omaha, Neb., and -4 at Rockford, 111.

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