TEMPERATURE Wednesday high 41, low 16. 7:06 a.m. today 16. Downtown noon today 30. MEMBER AUDF BUREAU Of CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL —SPECIAL. FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER 8outSiern Half mtooto Clear to partly cloudy aktes and cold temperatures through Friday. Low tonight xero north to ntfd teens south. High Friday «pper 20s thru mid 30 H. VOLUME XLIX—NO. 85 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 1969 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c CON-CON PLANS UNDER WAY -O- -(> -o -<> -o- -o- Truck Crushed In Belle Rive Accident THE DRIVER ESCAPED DEATH last night who:: this big track-trailer plummeted down a steep embankment on U.S. Route 460, just west of Belle Rive, and turned over. The driver, Billy Joe Bishop, 28, of Greenville, Miss., suffered head injuries and was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was reported in satisfactory condition this morning'. He was thrown out of the truck when it overturned, undoubtedly saving his life. The crushed cab of the truck can be seen in the upper photo near L. & N railroad tracks. The flat bed of the truck was loaded with four big spools of rolled steel, which were catapulted from the truck as it overturned. One of the rolled steel pieces buried itself in the ground. One of the steel units can be seen in the lower photo. The truck engine lies beneath the flat bed behind the (Delo Photo Craft) front wheels, -o- -o January 19, 20 Open House At Good Sam Chapel And Residence Everyone is invited to inspect the new Good Samaritan Hospital chapel and M. J. Mitchell Hall, the Sisters residence, at a two-day open house this month. Open house will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 19 and Monday, January 20. The open house invitation is extended by Good Samaritan Hospital and the Sisters of St. Francis. Hong Kong Flu Invades England LONDON (AP)—An expected epidemic of the Hong Kong flu has hit Britain, a government ofHcial said today. David Ennals, minister of state at the Health Ministry, said there were reports of a rising sickness rale in part of the English Midlands. Guards Slaughter Prisoners 87 Cubans Make Escape From Castro Vote SatUrdaV MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — A young in • Cuban refugee who braved kill- On !na-DOnnie er do e s 811(3 machine-gun fire to _ _ j reach the U.S. naval base at SchOOl BOndS Guantanamo said Wednesday about 1,000 people had been killed in the past year trying to cross the fence to freedom. The 18-year-old youth was one of 87 refugees who dashed into the base Monday morning in what is believed the largest mass escape from the Castro re- gone. However, for every two people who made it across the :ence Monday, one stayed behind, he said. "It was horrible for the ones who didn't make it," said the youth, who wouldn't give his name to newsmen. "I saw the guards shoot three of the prisoners at close range. They just tumbled over." Eighty members of the group arrived in Miami Wednesday aboard two U.S. Navy planes. One of the men said three members of the group were cut down by machine-gun bullets and a woman was torn apart by docs loosed by guards who patrol around the naval base. The man, who also declined to give his name for fear his relatives in Cuba would be harmed, said two guards were felled by escapees' bullets. Transported to Miami were 46 men, 13 women and 21 children. Seven remained at the naval People of the Ina- Bonnie area will vote this Saturday, January 11, on proposals to provide funds to build a new $420,000 grade school. The vote will be on these two propositions: 1. A proposal to authorize issuance of $120,000 in general obligation bonds. 2. A proposal to authorize a $20,000 annual tax levy to repay an interest free loan from the state School Building Commission. The loan would provide the balance of the money needed, above the bond issue limit, to build the new school. A complete report on plans for the new school will be given at a public meeting to be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 10, at the Ina Grade school. All residents of the school district are invited to attend. Voting hours Saturday are from noon to 7:00 p.m. Here are the two polling places: J.. Ina grade school, for all of the territory of the district except that part which was formerly Bonnie community consolidated district. %. Bonnie grade school, for the part of. the district which was formerly the Bonnie community consolidated district. Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) Service Goes On Editorial Employes Strike AP NEW YORK (AP) — The Wire Service Guild struck The Associated Press at 8 a.m. today in a dispute centering on wages and a demand for a form of union shop. Executives, exempt employes and some Guildsmen who did not join the strike maintained the AP's basic news services. Overseas operations were not affected. It was the first strike by editorial employes In AP history. The Guild represents 1,313 newsmen, photographers, and clerical and other employes throughout the country. Many members of the United Telegraph Workers, who operate Teletype printers, remained on duty through the morning hours. The Guild broke off negotiations Wednesday night. A federal mediator, George Byrnes, has been participating in efforts to reach a settlement. The Associated Press is a non-profit cooperative news- gathering organization serving some 8,500 newspapers and radio and television stations around the world. This includes about 1,250 newspapers and more than 3,000 broadcast stations in the United States. Pickets took —up stations outside AP headquarters here at 50 —Rockefeller Plaza. The AP offered a three-year contract calling for $250 wekly top minimum salary for experienced newsmen, photographers and certain other employes beginning Jan. 1, 1971. The Guild's last proposal has for a $264 top minimum. It also asked for a form of the guild shop requiring eight of every 10 new employes to be members of the union. The Guild also turned down a request by the AP, through mediator Byrnes, to submit the AP's last offer to the membership for a secret ballot. The AP cited reports from its bureaus about "considreable confusion" concerning the conduct of last week's strike authorization vote. The Guild asked a $264 top minimum plus a valuation of the Guild Shop which would require eight of every ten new employes to join the union. Gallagher said, "The Associated Press fh*mly believes it has made the best offer possi- STATE SENATORS MEET—State Senators meet In the office of W. Russell Arrington (R-Evan*ton) the President Pro-Tempore of the Illinois Senate. Left to right are, Sen. Thomas A. Mo Gloon (D-Chicago), the Democrat Minority leader; Sen. Robert Coulson, Waukegan, Republican Assistant Majority leader; Arrington, and Sen. Paul W. Broyles (K-Mt. Vernon), Chairman of the Senate Operations Committee. (AP VVirephoto) Slayer Of 2 FBI Men Surrenders Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) Illinois Retail Merchants: STATE INCOME TAX OK -BUT CUT THE SALES TAX WASHINGTON (AP) — A man charged with slaying two FBI agents surrendered meekly in the attic of an apartment house Wednesday night, climaxing an intense house-to-house manhunt in the Capital's South East section. The capture of Billie Austin Bryant, 29-year-old auto repairman and prison escapee, came less than seven hours after the agents who sought to question him about a bank robbery were fund dead in the hallway of his estranged wife's home. The slain agents were Anthony Palmisano, 26, and Edwin Wbodriffe, 27, a Negro and the first of his race to die in the line of duty with the FBI. The slayings, which touched off a search by hundreds of police dogs, and submachine gun- toting colleagues of the dead agents, followed by less than two hours the armed holdup of a suburban Maryland Savings and Loan company. A teller had reported Bryant's name to police, saying she recognized him as a former customer. Bryant, a Negro, sought since he escaped from the nearby Lorton Reformatory in Virginia last August, was arraigned before a U.S. commissioner on two counts of murder and held without bail until a hearing Jan. 23. The agents were the 22nd and 23rd to be killed on duty in the history of the bureau. Only once before —i n 1349—were two agents killed at the same time. The bodies of the agents were (Continued On Page 2 Col. 4) Astronauts Honored At White House WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Johnson today presented medals to the Apollo 8 moon travelers, hailed them as "history's boldest explorers," and told them they had blazed a new trail for mankind out into the vastness of extraterrestrial space." In a White House ceremony, the President decorated Air Force Col. Frank Borman, Navy Capt. James A. Lovell Jr. and Air Force Lt. Col. Williams A. Anders with Distinguished Service Medals of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Accompanying citations praised the trio for 'outstanding contributions to space flight" on "mankind's first venture beyond earth into orbit around the moon ... significantly advancing the nation's capabilities in space." Borman, Lovell and Anders were making their first public appearance since they concluded their perefct six-day mission Dec. 27. During the historic flight they circled the moon 10 times in 20 hours on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. The White House tribute preceded the astronauts appearance at a joint session of Congress. CHICAGO (AP) — The mini, is Retail Merchants Association suggested Wednesday the levying of a 4 per cent state income tax and the reduction of sales tax from 5 per cent to 4 per cent. The retailers urged the state not to increase sales tax in what the association termed "a hysterical search for crash funds." To meet the current Illinois financial crisis, the association proposed in a letter to the State Revenue Study Committee from Joseph Meek, association president, the following measures: — "The selective and wide broadening of the occupation sales and service tax base and the use of millions of dollars now in revolving and other reserve funds in the State Treasury." —Adjustment of the personal property tax to permit taxpayers full credit on their income tax, 'lor property tax paid. —Allocation of part of income ;j.< revenues to the cities. The merchants association lias some .10.000 member and 25,000 affiliate members. COAL MINER KILLED SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP) A coal mine employe was fatal ly injured Wednesday when he fell beneath the , wheels of a railroad coal car at the Free man Crown Mine at Farrners- ville. James Paisley, 34, of Virden, died two hours later at a Springfield hospital. Arrington Tough WILL LIMIT BILLS IN THE LEGISLATURE SPRINGFIELD, III. (AP) — Bolstered by a $3,000 pay boost for the House, Illinois legislators in the 76th General Assembly entitled down to work in whal they were warned would be the General Assembly's most arduous two years. In their second clay, senators preparped to meet for two hours to discuss when and how to conduct a state constitutional convention. The first day, the two houses in the closing minutes of the 75th General Assembly oven-ode a governor's veto for the first Yhne in 32 years and thereby raised pay of representatives from $9,000 a year to $12,000. In the case of two newly sworn senators, the matter of a pay raise was in doubt because they are filling out a term which started two years ago. The constitution says a legislator's pay may not be increased during the term for which he was elected. Senators hc*ve for four year terms, house members for two-year terms. The two new senators are W. K. Davidson, R-Kewanee, and William Schoeninger, D-Chicago. Sen. W. Russell Arrington, ot Evanston, reelected president pro tem of the Senate by the GOP majority, told the senators of plans to tighten up and intensify Senate operations during the next two years. . After he recited plans to crack a heavy whip, Arrington, who was the first to vote favorably on the proposal in the Senate, said: "We can contrive to make you further earn the added com- per.sation." Although Gov. Samuel H. Shapiro did not personally appear to address both houses, he sent a message telling legislators If they did not provide a long range solution to fiscal problems "Illinois would live from crisis to crisis." Arrington told senators, "our responsibilities will be great. We will be more days in operation than ever before. We will be working harder." Under the leadership of Arlington and House Speaker Ralph Smith, R-Alton, the 75th General Assembly broke the precedent of meeting for only six months. The 75th met intermittently during the two .wars and did not conclude operations until the final hour of Shook Wide Area November 9 Hamilton County Was Epicenter Of Earthquake Deadline Jan. 27 Voters Must Be Registered For Mt. V. Election TO BE OR NOT TO BIKINI—Marijka Vos, 20-year-old Sydney, Australia, model, shows how she beats the eyes of local authorities on the two-inch bikini rule on Sydney beaches by quickly donning a two-inch leather belt. Said Marijkn, who possesses a 86-24-36 figure: "I think it is dreadful. There uo freedom loft in the world." (AF Wirephoto) Only registered voters will be peimitted to cast ballots in the Mt. Vernon city election this >efcr. January 27 is the deadline to register, at the county clerk's office, to vote in the primary ejection on February 25. Residents who have previously registered and still live at the same address do not need ta register again. At the February 25 primary primary voters will nominate candidates for mayor, two coun- oilmen positions, city clerk and e ; ry treasurer. The final election will be held I April 15. URBANA, 111. — A report on j the causes of the damage done | by the southern Illinois earth; quake that shook the entire cen- i tral and southeastern United | States on November 9, 1968, has i been released by the Illinois | State Geological Survey, Dr. : John C. Frye, chief, has announced. Seismograph stations throughout the world recorded the earthquake, and in "Notes on the Earthquake of November 9. 1968, in Southern Illinois," the author, Paul C. Heigold of the Survey's geophysical exploration staff, explains that terms and scales used by seismologists in measuring the earthquake,. Its magnitude was 5.5 on the Richter scale, as compared to the 8.5 magnitude of the Alaska quake of 1964. The probable cause of earthquakes, Heigold states, is the release of built - up stresstf deep in the earth. These stresses are generally believed to produce the faulting (breakage and (Continued On Page 2 Col. 4) REPRESENTATIVE BEN C. BLADES (R-Fairfield) with two of his youthful relatives from West Frankfort at the January 8 opening session of the General Assembly. The young people are James Rotramel and Marian Sue Rotramel. "It's been an exciting day," said Marian Sue. The young people sat, for a time, on the House floor with Representative Blades and got a close-up view of how the legislature functions. Blades is a veteran member of the House- from the 58th District. (Continued On Page 2 Col. 3) President-Elect 56 Nixon To Have Birthday Dinner With Julie, David NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Nixon will celebrate his 56th birthday tonight by flying to Northampton, Mass., for a festive dinner with daughter Julie **nd son-in-law David Eisenhower. Nixon and wife Pat planned to arrive around dusk at the $95-a- month apartment of David and Julie, married here Dec. 22. The small apartment is across the street from the Smith College campus where Mrs. Eisenhower is a student. Her husband commutes to classes at nearby Amherst College. The President-elect, who planned to return to New York later tonight, was born in 1913 in a two-story frame house at Yoi- ba Linda, Calif., near Los Angeles. The birthplace set in the middle of a falling lemon grove planted by Nixon's father. Long after the elder Nixon sold the property it became the site of an oil discovery that would have made the family millionaires. Nixon spent much of Wednesday working on his inaugural address, a chore that has occupied him off and on for more than a month. Several speech writers also have been employed at the task. The President-elect, who has been reading up on past inaugurals, wants to set the tone for his new ad-' ministration with the Jan. 20 address that will be carried to the nation by television and radio networks.
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