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TEMPERATURE Friday high 32, low 20. 7:00 a.m. today 2 above. Downtown at noon today 16. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDl T BUREAM OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illinois — Fair and continued cold tonight. Lows tonight from around zero east central to 7 to 12 south. Sunday mostly sunny and warmer. VOLUME XLIX—NO. 81 MOUNT VERNON. ILLINOIS, SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 1969 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c POWELL RESTORED TO By WILL STEPHENS J R 4, McLeansboro | Ultra-Recent Proverbs No matter how long you nurse p grudge, it won't get any better. It's no wonder women live longer than men; just look how lo'-g they're girls. There was a time when a !<•(.) and his money were soon pdj ted. Now it happens to ev- eryonc. A woman is' as old as - she looks, a man is very very oid when he stops looking. It is well enough for a man and his wife to. pull together, but they should draw the line L 'i: hair pulling. It is always better to give than to receive - especially me- -o- -o- -o- The people that have been k;i.'ed by kindness never added a dollar to the undertakers bank account. Success is just around.the corner- however it could be an extra long block. To picture a soul in torment, you only have to visualize a woman locked in a room with a hundred, new hats — and no mi'ror! Inflation is like over-eating— you feel wonderful,right up to the time it is to late to correel it. Sometimes reason that sounds pvod may not be good sound dicmo and advice. The trouble with people these oays is that they want, to reach the promised land without going through the wilderness. Marriage starts with billing and. cooing- the billing lasts and the cooing subsides. In an atomic war, all men will be creminated equal. T) ycM. think politics is easy, juei try straddling a fence while keeping one ear to the ground. When money grows on trees, i here's likely some grafting going on some where. There are very many books telling how to manage after retirement, but what about one to use until then. SWEEP INTO RED DELTA SANCTUARY Our New Year's Queen Car Sales In America Set Record DETROIT (AP) — Final domestic figures and estimated import sales indicate that Americans bought a record number of autos in 1968. Although domestic car sales were somewhat down from 1965, when the previous record was set, booming foreign car sales were expected to more than fill the gap, with the projected total set at 9.6 million. About 9.3 million cars were sold in the United States in 1965. U.S. manufacturers reported Friday their dealers had sold 8.S million cars, 13,9 per cent higher than in 1967. Industry executives, and observers have projected imported car sales for the year at 960,000, compared with 569,000 in 1965. • Ford Motor Co., hit hard by a nationwide strike in 1967, showed the highest percentage increase last year—up a whopping 26 per cent. Ford sold 2.3 million cars in 1968, only 1.8 million in 1967. General Motors, the industry's undisputed giant, showed an 8.3 per cent increase, selling 4.5 million cars compared with 4.1 miU'OT! in 1967. American Motors checked in with a 12 per cent increase, sell- in 269,000 while Chrysler Corp. sales were up 15.3 per cent to 1.6 million, 200,000 better than 1967. reason. National Associated Petroleum Oil Company Basel/ Here Top State Driller In 1968 At South Tenth Street Store Woman IsChoked, Beaten And Robbed Broken Circuit Causes Power Failure In City The western part of Mt. Vernon was hit by a power failure early this morning. Fred Kinsey, area manager for the Illinois Power Co., said the failure was caused by a break in the circuit that feeds the western part of the city. Kinsey said all of the Western Gardens and Country Heights area was affected by the power failure. He said the break in the circuit occurred on 34th street and was caused by expansion due to the cold weather. The failure occurred about 6:15 a.m. today, but many residents had trouble reporting the trouble because telephone service was also out of order due to the break. Find Wreckage Of Big Plane MEXICO CITY (AP) — Searchers have found the wreckage of a chartered DC3 airliner missing since New Year's Eve. They said Friday night there was no sign of life in the area where the plane went down with 26 persons aboard. An airline official said the plane was destroyed in the eiash in rugged Devil's Canyon country about 185 miles south of the border town of Reynosa. The aircraft had .been chartered by 22 employes of the Mexican oil monopoly, Pemex, for a holiday flight from Reynosa to Tampico. The plane carried a crew of four. It was last heai d from shortly after takeoff Tuesday afternoon. Police are searching for two Negro men who choked, beat and robbed a Mt. Vemon businesswoman about 3:30 Friday afternoon. Sadie Lustig, owner and operator of Lustig's Shoe, and Clothing -Store at TOT sbuflT Tenth street, was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital after the assault and strongarm robbery. She remained as a patient this morning and was reported in satisfactory condition. Police used a bloodhound late yesterday in an attempt to track the robbers. Officers said that the two men involved in the brazen daylight robbery took a $900 diamond ring off of Miss Lustig's tnger and also stole a watch and an undetermined amount of money. They entered the store on a pretext of buying clothing. Officers said the men grabbed Miss Lustig and used a man's tie to choke her. She suffered facial bruises during the attack. After the robbery the men fled through the back door of the store. Officers said both men were well dressed. One was described as about 45 years old, about six feet tall and weighed about 190 pounds. The other j man was said to be about 25 years old. A company which operates out of Mt. Vernon was the top oil well driller in Illinois in 1968. It is National Associated Petroleum Co., whose eastern division office is located at 719 Main street. Walter B. Price, eastern division manager, has been notified of the state honor by George Lane of Springfield, who heads the oil and gas division of the state Department of Mines and Minerals. Price reported today that during th&'-past year NatioBfil-rAv~ sociated drilled over 50 wells in the tri- state — Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. "More than half of the welb we drilled in 1968 Avere producers." Price said. : the company operates two rigs in the ti'i-state area, Illinois Drilling °.nd Lincoln drilling. National Associated is owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. I Forrest H. Lindsay and the home office of the' company is in Tulsa, Okla. The company has been one of the leading drillers in the tri- state area for many years. Price, manager of the Mt. Vernon branch, also sei-ves on the Interstate Oil Compact Commission, as a member of the public lands committee. Two other Mt. Vernon men, Joe Dull and Charles Pardee, are also members of the commission. Jordan Hangs 2 As-Israeli Spies Davis Heads March Of Dimes Drive Happier New Year Goal Of Campaign Bomb Israeli Car In Gaza "A Happier New Year" for every child beginning life is to. 1 goal of the March of Dimes fund raising campaign this year, Mrs. James Herlenstein, N a- tional Foundation board chairman, said todav as she announced the appointment of Bob Davis. No. 6 S. W. C r escent, chairman of the 1969 fund raising campaign. In accepting the chairmanship, David expressed "deep appreciation to those volunteer chairmen of the various committees who have promptly stepped forwai'd to aid the March of Dimes in its fight to insure ej.ch child a heritage of sound health at birth." Davis announced the following as Jefferson county leaders of the 1969 March of Dimes fund raising campaign against birth defects: Jim H e r t e nstein, schools and Jefferson county coin collections; Ron Adcock, (Continued On Page 2 Col. 8) TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An explosive charge went off beneath an empty Israeli-owned automobile in the occupied city of Gaza today and wounded three local residents, the Israeli tinny announced. An army spokesman confirmed reports from Amman that Israeli and Arab gunners exchanged artillery and mortar fire for 45 minutes Friday night across the Jordan River north cf the Damiya Bridge. He said there were no casualties. AMMAN (AP) - Two Jordanians convicted of spying for Israel were hanged in Amman today. Authorities said they had confessed smuggling secret information to the Israelis since 1964. They were arrested last yeai' while trying to CTOSS into Israe­ li'occupied territory. Subhi and Zahran Kharrouh, who are related, were tried before a military court and King Hussein ratified the death sentence. Announcing the expedition of the two, .in army spokesman also reported Jordanian and Israeli forces clashed for 45 minutes in the northern Jordan valley Friday night. He said heavy arlillery and i SAIGON (AP) — Allied forces ; have intensified sweeps in the U , Minn Forest in hopes of finding i more U.S. and South Viet; namesc prisoners held deep in ; the Viet Cong sanctuary that : compares to Clorida's Evcr- | glades. ! So far one American and six i Vietnamese have been rescued, j SouLh Vietnamese headquar- ^ j ters said today five government soldiers were found Friday in a small Viet Cong prison camp of bamboo and thatched huts. Last week U.S. Special Forces Maj. James Rowe and a South Vietnamese officer took advantage of an allied military sweep in the forest to break free after five years of captivity. Spokesmen said the South Vietnamese 21st Division, sun- ported by U.S. helicopters and naval patrol craft, has been making "intensified probes" in the U Minh Forest for more than a month. The forest lies along Vietnam's southwest coast in the Mekong Delta on the Gulf of Siam. It covers an area about the size of Florida's Everglades and has been an enemy sanctuary since the days of the war against the French. In addition to the seven prisoners, operations in the forest have turned up dozens of —Viet Cong supply depots containing thousands of rounds of small arms ammunition and mortar shells. A South Vietnamese battalion sweeping the northern fringes of the forest turned up another arms cache today the third sig- .nifl0^'^fb)d^4n.- three..'days*, It contained 39' machine-guns, bazookas and mortars and 48 rifles, enough heavy weapons for a main force battalion. The South Vietnamese also reported a successful ambush early today in the upper delta, about 30 miles south of Saigon. Government soldiers suiprised an enemy band moving by sampans, killed 25 and captured 59 carbines and submachnieguns left behind by the fleeing survivors. The allies hope to weaken the Viet Cong's political control in the delta region, spokesmen said, by steadily chipping away at the enemy's supplies in the U Minh Forest coupled with intensified patrolling of canals and waterways to the north and west. Allied and South Vietnamese headquarters reported more than 100 military sweeps similar to the delta push are in progress, but —none have resulted in significant contact with the enemy. Since the bombing of North Vietnam was halted Nov. 1, the pattern of the war has been scattered skirmishes, enemy shellings and spoiling raids by American warplanes. The U.S. Command today reported two more incidents in the 17th Parallel demilitarized zone, ! where there have been increasing signs of a North Vietnamese buildup. North Vietnamese gunners inside the DMZ fired on two light observation planes, spokesmen said. One was unhit, the other was damaged by machinegun fire but landed safely. Tiny Roberta Lynn Motlglin, Jefferson county's first baby of 1969, poses for the photographer at Good Samaritan Hospital this morning. Roberta Lynn, daughter of Mrs. Cherryl Ann Modglln of 1009 south Sixth street, was born at 2:35 p.m. yesterday. She weighed seven pounds nnd three ounces. The father is Roger Lee Modglin. The little Queen will bo showered with gifts by local morcluints. (Delo Photo Craft) Workers Strike At Oil Refineries Near McLeansboro One Killed, Eight Hurt In Accident MCLEANSBORO, 111. (AP) — 'Feora Read of Alton was killed Friday In a two-car accident ruar here on Illinois 142 in which eight other persons were injured. Cologna Hise, also of Alton and riding in the death car, iVas listed in serious condition at a McLeansboro hospital. Mary E. Ross of St. Louis was the driver of the second car She and six passengers weie treated at the hospital and released. SPAIN RETURNS IFNI FEZ, Morocco (AP) — Spain returned the province of Ifni to Morocco today after 108 years. The enclave of 741 square miles on Morocco's Atlantia coast was turned over to Moroc- tlie used BOB DAVIS 'The heavy artillery from the other side,' spokesman added. "We mortars." In Beirut, students at four universities in the Lebanese capital launched a strike to press the government into imposing compulsory military service. i The students called for a uni-' wisal draft and military training at the universities to prevent a recurrence of last Saturday's Israeli attack at Beirut International Airport. Defense Minister Hussein t uweini told a news conference Friday that the Lebanese government has approved the principle of conscription and is moving to draft the nation's youth. Lebanon which in the past has j flayed a relatively passive x'ole i m the Arab-Israeli conflict, has ! a standing army of only 15,000 co in a formal treaty signing in came! mortars were used, and Israeli j the Palais Du Batha. positions were seen ablaze. * There were no Jordanian casualties, he said. Chester Lewis Named Director At First Natl Bank Chester B. Lewis, retiring Mt. Vernon city manager, was elected as a director of the First National Bank and Trust Co. yesterday afternoon. Lewis will become a vice president of the bank, in charge of new business and industry, on January 15. His election as a director oc- currerT Friday afternoon at the first meeting of the bank board in the new year. Lewis resigned as city manager last month, after 11 years service. The city council is expected to formally accept his resignation next Monday night and appoint City Engineer Kenneth Setzekom as interim city manager. BANDITS ATTACK BUS BANGKOK (AP) — Police said a gang of 50 bandits opened fire on a bus Friday, killing one passenger and wounding the driver, because ihe bus company had refused an extortion de mand for $10,000. Pup Dies Before Heart Operation NEW YORK (AP) — Kai, a four-month-old German Shepherd, died Friday during preliminary tests at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center before he could be given open heart surgery. Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, who supervised a triple transplant of human organs on New Year's Eve, had promised three Brooklyn boys to try and save their dog through surgery, Dr. Lillehei said the operation would be a gesture of thanks to the many dogs used in heart surgery research. McLeansboro Man 101 Years Old Tuesday I. W. (Iron) Russell of McLeansboro has already observed over a century of birthdays and Tuesday will celebrate 101 years cl life. lv!r. Russell, Hamilton county's oldest living citizen, will observe his birthday at his room at the Skilled N u rsing Care unit of the Franklin Hospital in Benton where he is staying. His room recently was the svene of his first meeting with his great-great-grandson, Jeffry Shane Rubenacker. The youngster rounded out five generations of his family. Others present for the occasion were Mr. Russell's daughter. Mrs. Chloe Friel, his grandson, Russell Friel, his great- granddaughter, Mrs. Bev. Rubenacker, all of'Zion. Young Jeffry Shane also has the honor of being the third generation to be born on July 25. He shares the birth date with his great- uncle, Charles Mark White of McLeansboro an Mark's son, Charles David Wnite of Eldorado. Mr. Russell was active until an automobile accident in his 99th year and has been in the nursing home ever since. DENVER, Colo. (AP) - Un- inn oil workers struck refineries across the nation today, to enforce demands for a wage increase. The Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union said its 60,000 members had joined in the walkout. A spot check showed pickets had appeared at refineries located from Washington State's Puget Sound to Marcus A spokesman at the union's Denver headquarters said it would be many hours after the 12:01 a.m. local time strike call before the effectiveness of the walkout would be known. Major oil —companies reported | there would be no immediate shortage of petroleum products. Some companies said they expected to operate some of their refineries wilh supervisory personnel. The union has been bargaining at individual plants for renewal of 435 separate contracts that expired at midnight last Tuesday. Union President A.F. Grospiron ordered Ihe strike, the union's first nationwide since 1952, because he said the best offers proposed three-year contracts and raises totaling 35 cents an hour. The union is demanding a 72-cent-an-hour boost in a 23- month contract. The average oil refinery' worker currently receives $3.80 an hour. Most of the union membership is concentrated along the Gulf Coast and at refinery centers in southern California. Union officials said their workers offered to assist in the orderly shutdown of plants to protect them and surrounding communities. However, some oil companies announced intentions to use supervisory personnel in operating the refineries, which have been highly automated in recent years. Picket lines were established at many of the refineries. They were expected to aid in the strike's effectiveness in the event of any maintenance problems since other AFL-CIO craft workers would not be likely to cross the lines. Grospiron said he expected the strike to curtail supplies of gasoline and other petroleum products. j This was disputed, however, by company spokesmen. Among them was Robert Spann of Cities Service Co. in New York City, who said, "Ce don't see any effect whatsoever." A Texaco official, Jack Hayes of New York City, said, he didn't anticipate any shortage." Vote Is 252-160 SENIORITY LOST; FINE OF $25,000 WASHINGTON (AP) — The 91st Congress gels down to business in earnest Monday wiln Adam Clayton Powell back in the house, a more liberalized Senate leadership and enough immediate work to possibly provide clues on the mood that will greet the new president. After a joint session with the Senate to certify presidential election returns, the House is expected to take up tonday the question of pay raises for - congressmen, cabinet members and the President. The Senate faces the biennial effort to gut the filibuster rule, plus debate on the nuclear nonproliferation trcnty that President Johnson wants ratified before he turns over the White House to Richard Nixon Jan. 20. The Apollo 8 astronauts Thursday will tell a joint session of their lunar-girdling trip. The Democratic-controlled Congress formally opened Friday wilh something of a bang as Massachusetts Democrat: Edward M. Kennedy and —Pennsylvania Republican Hugh Scott upset conservatives to capture their parties' No. 2 positions. Capping a day of party caucuses and swearing-in ceremonies the House voted after five hours of debate and preliminary balloting to seat the ousted Powell if he agreed to pay a $25,000 fine and accept loss of seniority. Powell, banished from the 90th Congress after being accused of misusing federal funds, accepted the conditions, was sworn in and took the seat that represents half a million prec dominantly black voters in New York's Harlem. Final vote on the resolution was 252 to 160. Powell, who lost his chairmanship of Die Education and Labor Committee, will have the fine deducted from his paycheck. He was excluded from the past Congress by House vote, after an investigating committee charged him with misuse of more than $40,000 in public funds—mainly by putting his nonworking wife on the payroll and by permitting private trips to be paid out of committee funds. Since then his constituents reelected him twice, once in a special election and again last November. Powell took the oath of office after the resolution to seat him with the punishment condition attached had been adopted. But later, at a news conference, he replied to all questions about paying the fine by saying "I'll see my lawyer." At the same time, Powell said he was represented at a conference of leaders that worked out the compromise to seat him. House sources said there appeal's to be no way he can stay in the House and avoid' paying the fine, unless he can obtain a court order blocking it. The clerk is instructed to collect it from his $30,000 a year pay at the rate of $1,150 a month. Asked whether he considered (Continued on Page 6-A Col 3) Dies At Age 100; 256 Descendants OLNEY, 111. (AP) —A Newton woman who died Friday in an Olney nursing home at the a<ie of 10C left 256 descendants. Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Erwin is survived by five daughters, om son and 250 grardchildren great-great-grandchildren SHE LIKES IT—Mrs. Marilyn Connelly, 25, housewife, exhibits 13th century style dress at San Gabriel, Calif., homo. She gave up miniskirt, says this is "most practical thing women ever wore." (AP Wlrephoto) A.

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