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TEMPERATURE Monday high 88, tow 14. 7:00 a;m. today 14. Downtown at noon .today 26. Ml VERNON REGISTER-NEWS WEATHER MEMBER XUDr BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE Southern Illinois — Fair to partly cloudy and cold tonight, lows tonight 10.-15 central, to near 20 extreme south. Increasing cloudiness and warmer Wed. ... .. „„_ . nesday, highs near 40 central to A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER Zm. VOLUME XLIX—NO. 83 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1969 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c NO ARMS -FRANCE MAXIMUM SECURITY CELL in Los Angeles County Jail where Sirhan Sirhan (shown with his attorney, Russell E. Parsons, and members of the, LA sheriff's office) is being kept under constant guard while awaiting trial for the slaying of Robert Kennedy. Through the bars can be seen his sleeping quarters (left) and his shower room (right). The outer cell is used as an exercise area. Up To Senefe Vote Nixon $200,000 A Year Salary WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted to raise Richard M. Nixon's presidential salary to $200,000 a year, double the pay President Johnson received. If approved by the Senate and 1 signed by President Johnson, the raise would be only the fourth since George Washington took the job for $25,000 and the first since 1949 when Harry S Truman's salary was increased from $75,000 to $100,000 yearly, The new salary wbuld be supplemented by a $50,000 annual expense allowance, which is taxable, and a $40,000 yearly travel allowance, which is not. With only one strong dissent, from a Republican, the House members rushed the bill through by voice vote Monday. To be effective it must become law before Nixon is sworn in at noon Jan. 20, since the Constitution forbids changing a president's salary during his term. The presidential increase was recommended by a special commission headed by Frederick R Kappel, former chairman of American Telephone & Telegraph Co. It also suggested sweeping increases in salaries paid other federal officials—including congressmen—but there is no constitutional deadline on those. President Johnson is expected to make his recommendations, based on the Kappel Report, when he submits his budget to Congress later this month. The only vocal opposition came from Republican Rep. H. R. Gross of Iowa, who said 1 he feared the bill would set the stage for fat increases for members of Congress and others. The recommendations for other raises will be handled differently. Robber Comes Out 2nd Best TERRE HAUTE, Jnd. (AP) A strong arm robber came out second best in a robbery in Terre Haute Monday night. The robber accosted James Cusik on the street and took Cusik's wallet, containing $4. In the struggle Cusik took the robber's watch. Cusik took the watch to police headquarters in the hopes someone might claim it. Tl Killed 2nd Plane Disaster At Bradford BRADFORD, Pa. (AP) — For the second time in two weeks an Allegheny Airlines propjet crashed in bad weather while trying to land at the Bradford Airport, Eleven people were killed. Seventeen others, most of them left hanging from their seatbelts when the Convair 580 flipped upside down Monday night, crawled to safety on a snow- swept golf course. A 10-man investigating team from the 1 National Transportation Safety Board, concerned about the "amazing similarities" of the two accidents, went to work today to find out what happened. A similar team has been investigating the Christmas Eve crash of an Allegheny flight eight miles away that killed 20 of 47 persons aboard, There was no panic," said Sandy Cherico of North East, Pa., a passenger. "It all happened too fast. "The 'no-smoking'—sign had already come on and the stewardess was checking the seat belts." Suddenly, said John Schacke 16, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., "it felt like someone was slamming the left side with a hammer. We ran into tree limbs, turned over and slid. I wound up hanging upside down. Someone yelled to go out the back." Allegheny Airlines, which has had three fatal plane crashes since it started flying passengers in 1919, said it had no reason to believe there is any link between the two accidents near the 2,100-foot-high Bradford Regional, Airport. There are no plans to stop any flights, a spokesman said. The latest crash was Flight 737, which originated in Washington, stopped in Harrisburg and was bound for Erie and Detroit. The first crash was Flight 736, which goes the other way . Both were Convair 580s, both were making instrument landings in snow, both turned over. Both had more survivors than dead. Both were coming in after severe winter storms. Neither pilot gave any warnings. Both took place about 8:30 p.m. Cherico, a World War II pilot, told 1 Allegheny officials he could think of only two explanations: "The flight chart for the airport is off, or there is somebody in the area with a citizens' band radio operating on the same frequency as the airport." May Seek 4th Delay Armor-Plated Court For Trial Of Sirhan Test Salary Veto Legislature Convenes On Wednesday SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP) — The Illinois Legislature, primed to take a new look at state government, convenes " Wednes- <?sy for a session in which a critical revenue problem must be solved. Almost everything the legislature will consider during its regular six-month meeting rides on the question of how to produce enough money to satisfy demands and keep the state afloat financially. New programs of the incoming Republican administration will depend on it. So will spiraling requests for funds to pay for education, highways and mental health. Although a flat rate state in- ct me tax or a levy on all services has feeen projected as the most likely money raiser, Governor-elect Richard B. Ogilvie and top Republican legislative leaders are withholding their stands. Even when he is inaugurated Monday, Ogilvie is' not expected to unveil his tax measures. He and GOP legislative leaders have said they will wait for recommendations of a revenue study committee appointed by (Continued On Page 2 Col. 5) Spray Painting Vandals Will Remove Paint Mt. Vernon Police Chief Fred Dedman said today that two youths involved in spray painting vandalism last week, will be busy soon removing the paint Dedman said the two youths, who were about 12 years old, painted a total of 34 business establishments, houses, signs, cars, churches, and mail boxes. Dedman said' the two will remove the paint and parents of the youths will pay those "people not satisfied with the paint removal work, LOS ANGELES (AP)—Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was to go on trial today in a heavily guarded courtroom on charges he murdered Sen. Robert F. Kennedy but there was a possibility the defense would seek a fourth postponement. Grant B. Cooper, one of three defense attorneys, said Monday it might be in Sirhan's best interests if the trial were delayed. Cooper has been ordered to appear this afternoon in U.S. District Court'*)' answer a federal grand jury's questions— which he has said he will not do —or show cause why he should not be held in contempt of court. Cooper can not be taken off the Sirhan case except at Sirhan's request. Cooper could withdraw, however, another defense attorney, Russell Parsons, has said he would not be willing to proceed without Cooper. Cooper has said he would refuse to answer grand jury questions on how he came to possess secreat transcripts in the Friars' Club card cheating case because of the "lawyer-client" relationships. His client was one of five convicted of cheating club members. Defense motions and jury selection are expected to take two weeks and presentation of evidence by both sides two months or more. There are indications that more than 200 witnesses will be called. Sirhan, 24, a Jordanian who came to this country as a boy with his family, is accused of shooting Kennedy last June 5 in a kitchen corridor of the Ambassador Hotel as the New Yorker left a victory celebration following California's Democratic presidential primary. Five bystanders were wounded, and Sirhan also is being tried on five counts of assault with intent to commit murder. The trial will be in a tiny armor-plated eighth floor courtroom in the gray-stone, 43-year- old Hall of Justice. Windows have been covered with quarter-inch sheets of steel. Sirhan, arrested at the shooting scene, is held in a heavily guarded cell on the 13th floor. Judge Herbert V. Walker, 69, dean of the Los Angeles Criminal Division, will hear the trial in Superior Court. Walker decreed the death penalty 21 years In West Mt. V.; Water Rate Cut Coming Okay $291,894 Contract For Sewer, Water Mains Mt. Vernon councilmen last night awarded a $291, 894.75 contract for extension of water and sewer mains into a big west area of town — subject to federal government approval of the city's request for a $31,000 increase in a government grant. In other major action last night the council: 1. Appropriated $18,000 in motor fuel taxes to install electric traffic signals at 12th and Main and at 12th and Broadway. 2. Heard first reading of an ordinance which would cut the water rates 10 per cent on May 1. 3. Accepted the resignation of City Manager Chester Lewis and appointed City Engineer Kenneth Setzekorn as acting city manager, effective January 16. The council expressed "gratitude and appreciation" to Lewis for his service to the city. Plan Sewer Extension The $291,894 contract to extend water and sewer mains to a big fast- growing western area of town, which includes the 1-57 interchange, was awarded to Construtcion Material Co. and E. F. VVielt Co., which made a joint bid. Councilmen stipulated, how- From Dodo's Twp. Complaints On New City Landfill Vance Skinner, supervisor of Dodds township, reported today that he has received numerous complaints recently that the City of Mt. Vernon is improperly operating the new sanitary land fill south of town. His report was made this morning at the monthly meeting of the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors. The new landfill, on U. Route 460, is just across the road from a glutted landfill the city abandoned several months ago. Until today, no complaints had been heard concerning the new operation. Supervisor Skinner said that, after hearing complaints, he vi- -o -o- -o- ever, that the contract is contingent on federal approval of an increase in a federal grant for the project. The Department of Housing and START SEARCH FOB NEW LANDFILL NOW The City of Mt. Vernon will start a search for a new sanitary landfill location- five years early. Councilmen indicated last night that a citizens committee will be appointed soon to begin the search, only a few months after tiie city opened a new landfill south of town. At the time it was estimated that the new landfill will be filled up in about five years. Councilman Kenneth Martin suggested that the city begin now on securing a future site for a landfill, to prevent repetition of a bitter controversy over location. Councilmen agreed unanimously. Urban Development has already approved a $94,000 grant for the sewer- water project. Engineer Setzekorn told the council that the city has sent a revised pro- -o- -o- -o- ject summary to the federal agency, requesting that the grant lx; increased $31,000 — to $125,000. The federal agency would also have to approve the contract, he said. Voting to approve the contract were Mayor Joe Martin, and Councilmen Coy Flota, Woodrow Burnette and Kenneth Martin. Councilman R u ssell Laur was absent. New signals on 12th The council voted unanimously to use motor fuel tax funds for new electric signals at the busy intersections of 12th and Main and 12th and Broadway. Councilmen i n dicated that they plan no major street improvement project in 1969, as signalizing the two intersections will cost $18,000 in motor fuel tax funds. The council also appropriated $24,000 in motor fuel tax funds last night for street maintenance in the coming year. Water Cut Coming It became apparent last night that the council plans to reduce water rates 10 per cent on May 1 this year and an additional 10 per cent on May 1, 1970, Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) In Five City Departments Mt. V. May Hire 11 New Employes In '69 NEW SUPERVISOR IS SEATED HERE A new supervisor was seated here this morning as a member of the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors. He is Robert G. Irvin of Bonnie, who was recently appointed by the town board as supervisor of Elk Prairie township. Irvin succeeds Ernie Rhynes, Elk Prairie supervisor who resigned after moving out of the township. (Continued On Page 2 Col. 4) Over-Production And Federal Controls —-Freeman Farmer Sitting On A Power Keg WASHINGTON (AP). — Agriculture Secretary Orville L. Freeman said today farmers are "sitting on a powder keg" of potential over-production and present federal control programs should be continued in the immediate future. Freeman, who steps down Jan. 20 after eight years as secretary, also said the scope of the department has expanded so much that the name should be changed. He suggested it be called the Department of Food, Agriculture and Rural Development. •. In his final yearly report to the President, Freeman said farmers and rural people have reached a new plateau "from -o- -o- which they can begin to share more fully" in the nation's economic growth. "But most of the conditions which made our voluntary farm programs necessary in the first, place are still with us," Free-' man reported. "American farmers still have the capacity to produce more than the market can absorb at-a fair price to them." Freeman noted that agricultural output currently is about 50 per cent more than it was 25 years ago and' requires less than half the labor it did. He said this is a "great economic bulwark" for the country "but it also keeps the farmer and rancher sitting on a powder keg." Freeman said that even those who look to an early end to all - farm programs agree that an abrupt end would be chaotic. He said that "for the foreseeable future" there are two basic choices: continuation and improvement of the xisting voluntary control programs, or a return to Mandatory programs which farmers already have rejected. "The real choice, then, lies with the pattern established these past eight years,". Freeman said 1 , adding that the programs he has asministered since 1961 "deserve to be preserved and strengthened " sited the new landfill on two recent occasions. He said he agrees that the landfill is not being operated properly. "I have been told that the state- health department plans to recheck the operation," Skinner said. He said that he observed that garbage had not been properly covered at the landfill and that the city is still using the same old used equipment in the new landfill operation. The landfill is operated by the city sanitation division and is used by both city and county residents under a cooperative agreement between the city council and county board. Under the agreement the county pays the city $550 per month, Skinner pointed out today that the $550 payment by the county to the city is double the amount paid under the old landfill operation. "We understood when we signed the agreement on the new landfill that the city would buy new equipment," Skinner, said. "The old 'cat' the city is using is not adequate to do the job. It has slick tracks and bogs down." Skinner said he plans to report to city officials on the complaints he has received. In other action this morning the county board: 1. Transferred $1,500 from the (Continued On Page 2 Col. 8) All-Time High Prime Rate Interest At 7 Per Cent NEW YORK (AP) — First National City Bank of New York announced Tuesday an increase in its prime rate to a new all- time high of 7 per cent from 6% per cent. The prime rate is the interest commercial banks charge their biggest and most creditworthy customers — primarily corpora tions. Increases in the prime rate are usually reflected in higher interest costs for loans to individuals. Major banks on Dec. 18 boosted the prime rate to 6% per cent from %Vz per cent, raising it to the highest level in history. The Philadelphia National Bank joined in the raise to 7 per cent and other banks were ex- pecetd to go along. Buys $63,000 Vase For 50c NILES, Mich. (AP) — Mrs. Alan Martindale of Niles Township went to a garage sale in August and bought an oriental vase for 50 cents. The v/oman who had the sale then tried to buy it back the next day for $75, but Mis. Martindale refused to sell it. This week, a West Coast art dealer offered her $63,000 for it on the belief it's a 15th Century Ming dynasty vase. She said the Chicago Art Institute wrote, saying it is interested in examining the vase. The vase is stored in a bank vault as Mrs. Martindale waits to see what the vase actually is. She has sent colored photos of it to art institute in Chicago and New York and so far has not accepted any financial offers for it. The City of Mt. Vernon may hiie from eight to 11 new em­ ployes in the coming year, inc-easing the city's salaries some $52,000 per year. The addition of personnel in fhe city departments is one of tht final recommendations of City Manager Chester Lewis who is leaving his city position January 15 to become a vice president at the First National Bank and Trust Co. The recommendation, in Le ivis' final monthly report, was discussed briefly by the city council last night as preliminary to annual preparation of a budget and appropriation. Sales Tax Income Up It was noted that if the proposal is followed it would increase city expenditures in the neighborhood of $50,000. Councilman Woodrow Burnette asked how much city income has increased since the half- cent raise in roles taxes has been in effect. "We have been receiving a- 'nout $350,000 a year since the increase, "City Clerk Paul Hayes said. "Before that it was about $185,000 a year." Tiie city manager's r ecom- mendation was as follows: 1. Addition of three or four men to the fire department and "activation" of the auxiliary fire department as a stand-by in case of major fire. 2 Addition of one policeman a?,d one clerk in the police department. 3. Addition of one man to the sewer department. (Lewis noted that the sewer system has grown 8 miles of sewer main and 500 new customers, but has not had a personnel increase since 1961. 4. Addition of one or two men to the water department, (the City manager noted that .the department is ' operating with the same number of men as j in 1963, despite the fact that 50-400 new customers have been added, along with eight (Continued On Page 2 Col. 8) 260 Building Permits Issued Construction In Mt. V. Hits $2,480,463 In '68 New construction in Mt. Vernon in 1968 was close to the two- and-one-half-million-dollar mark. During the 12-month period the city issued 260 building permits, for construction to cost an estimated $2,480,463. Although a good building year, it was far below the all-time construction record of $4,030,091 set in 1967. During December 15 building permits were issued^ for con­ struction to cost in the neighborhood of $130,300. Included were permits for five new homes, to cost $76,200; a service station, to cost $41,000; two residence alterations, to cost $1,300; one storage building, to cost $500; four trailers, to cost $9,400; one carport, to cost $1,500; and one sign, to cost $400. During the last month of the year the city's inspection department condemned six unsafe structures. In Mideast Crisis LEBANON PREMIER RESIGNS By TIIE ASSOCIATED PRESS France has cut off delivery of all militnry equipment to Israel, Including jet plane spare parts, a move that could cripple the Air Force that is Israeli's prime strike weapon. The Israeli air force of French jet fighters scored the first knockout blow in the Arab- Israeli war of 1967, virtually destroying the Jordanian, Syrian and Egyptian air forces in a matter of hours. Since then Israeli's Mystere and Mirage fighters have repeatedly attacked Arab positions, particularly in Jordan, in retaliation for artillery and guerrilla attacks on Israeli settlements and patrols. Premier Abdullah Yafi of Lebanon, under fire since the Israeli commando raid on Beirut International Airport, handed in his resignation today, but a government spokesman said President Charles Helou has not accepted it yet. "Dr. Yafi ... believes a new situation demands a new government," said the spokesman. "Big decisions have to be made, and Dr. Yafi believes the president should have the opportunity of choosing a new man if he so wishes." The newspapers speculated that a pro-Egyptian former premier, Rashid Karami, might become the next premier. Se led the Nasserite revolt against President Camille Chamoun in 1958, when the U.S. Marines were called in to help put down civil war, and his appointment might result in a more militant stance toward Israel. Beirut newspapers reported that legislators favor a national coalition to replace Yafi and his four-man Cabinet, who have been severely criticized for the undefended state of the Beirut airport. An Israeli spokesman in Paris said the embargo has been in effect since Sunday. Informed Israeli sources said their air fore* has enough spare parts to last "many months" but the Pari* spokesman said: "We regard this step as having a possibly dangerous effect on our air force." Seek U.S. Jets The French action was expected to add urgency to Israel's requests for quick delivery of 50 U.S. F4 Phantom jet fighters. Washington announced on Dec. 27 it had agreed to sell the planes to Israel, with delivery to begin some time this year and to continue through 1970. The $200 million package deal includes spare parts and training of crews. Israel ordered 50 new Mirage fighters from France before —the 1967 war, but President Charles de Gaulle banned delivery of them immediately after the war and ever since has been openly hostile to Israel. An Israeli Defense Ministry spokesman, Mordechai Bar-Kai, said the French action "is considered mainly as a political step—acute more in the political meaning than —in the immediate impact on the security position." Israeli government meanwhile made public a record $2.24 billion budget—$571 million over last year—with 37 per cent earmarked for defense and special reserve." The meaning of the special reserve was not disclosed, but the exact amount spent on defense is never divulged in Israel. AG Stores Stockholders Elect Board Members of the Board of Directors of the Mt. Vernon AG Stores, Inc. were elected at the annual stockholders meeting Monday, Elected to the board were Gale Mooney of Boyd, Leslie Sheldon of Cravat, Dwight Bray of Bluford, Frank Hargis of Frisco and Norman Dukes of Brubaker. The Mt. Vernon AG Stores, Inc., is a wholesale grocery company serving a large number of retailers, hospitals, schools, and other industrial outlets in southern Illinois. Harry Maulding is general jjjariager of the company.

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