Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 11, 1969 · Page 1
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Saturday, January 11, 1969
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TEMPERATURE Friday high 37, low 9. 7:00 a.m.; today 10. Downtown at noon today 30 MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS WEATHER MEMBER AUDP BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE Clear to partly cloudy with a slow warming trend today, tonight and Sunday. The high today around 30. The low to- A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER" in • VOLUME XLIX—NO. 87 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 1969 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c ISRAELI JETS RAID JORDAN A* PLANTATION FOR ONASSISES—Aristotle Onassis, husband of Jacqueline Kennedy, is said to be negotiating purchase of Cherokee Plantation in Colleton county, near Charleston, S.C. This 32-room house is on the 7,425-acre plantation. (AP Wirephoto) He's Sorry Now Hijacker Comes Back From Cuba MIAMI (AP) - "I know I will have to go to jail. But my only hope now is to insure my daughter's future." Willis Jessie, 27, a U.S. Army deserter and hijacker of a private plane said that's way he returned voluntarily to American soil Friday night after five months in Cuba. "We had no future in Cuba," he told newsmen. Jessie carried blonde, blue- eyed Patricia Sue, 2, as he stepped off an airliner from Mexico City. He was arrested tawnediately by three FBI agents who whisked him quickly -through customs. Jessie's former wife, Mary Jane, was at the airport for a tearful reunion whh Patricia Sue, whom she had not seen since Jessie took her from her home in Holden, W.Va., last July. The Jessies were divorced in 1967. The girl's mother reported that at first the girl did not recognize her, but that they became reacquainted in a Miami hotel. In the closet hung a new green dress which Mrs. Jessie had bought for her daughter. She reported that Patricia Sue spoke a "kind of babyish Spanish" after living most of the time in Havana with a Cuban family. Mrs. Jessie said her former husband lived in a prison camp in Havana. . "The Cuban family brought the baby to him at the prison camp and they let him see her every day," she reported. Lived In Prison Camp Jessie kissed the girl several times before surrendering her to the mother. The FBI said Jessie, an Army sergeant and Vietnam veteran, deserted from his post at Ft. Benning, Ga. last July 19. Last Wednesday, a federal grand jury in Miami indicted Jessie on a charge of air piracy in connection with the hijacking of a private sightseeing plane over Naples, Fla., last Aug. 4. — Authorities said Jessie paid the pilot, James Vach, $5 for a sightseeing tour for him and Patricia Sue over thee southwest Florida Gulf Coast city. He used the name Sewart Orth of Miami. . Vach reported that 15 minutes after they were airborne, Jessie pulled a pistol from a shaving kit and ordered him to go to Cuba or "fly until we run out of gas." American Squad Overrun By Reds No Progress Reported In APStrike NEW YORK (AP) — A federal mediator met separately with both sides Friday in the dispute between The Associated Press and the striking Wire Service Guild. No joint meeting was planned, however, and there was no report of any progress. The Guild, an affiliate of the American Newspaper Guild, AFL-CIO, claimed that members across the country were supporting the strike which began Thursday. The Associated Press said, however, that all 37 of its main state bureaus in the United States were functioning, along with 51 of 71 correspon­ dencies or smaller bureaus. Basic news and 1 photo services were being provided to newspapers and other news media in the United States and abroad, The Associated Press said. It said 33 per cent of its em­ ployes who are Guild members were working and were aided by non-Guild 1 members and su- pervoisory employes. The Guild represents more than 1,300 editorial, photographic, clerical and other employes. Strike issues include a demand for higher pay and a modified union shop. At some newspapers, Guild members refused to handle Associated Press copy. In Honolulu, both the Star Bulletin and the Advertiser did not publish Friday because Guild and other union employes refused to cross a one-man picket line. The regional office of the National Labor Relations Board in New York City petitioned in Federal Court for an injunction to prevent the Guild from telling its members at the New York Times and the New York Post to refuse to handle Associated Press copy. Both papers have filed unfair labor practice charges with the board. In another court action, The Associated 1 Press sought an injunction in State Supreme Court to get members of the United Telegraph Workers Union to return to work. Many had refused to cross picket lines to operate teleprinters. That case was removed to Federal Court. SAIGON AP)—An American squad sent out to ambush the Viet Cong in the Mekong Delta was overrun early today and all 11 men were killed or wounded. The squad numbered nine GIs and two Tiger Scouts, former Viet Cong who had defected. A spokesman said six Americans and one of the scouts were killed, and the others were wounded. The squad, of the 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, managed to radio a distress call from the area 30 miles southwest of Saigon, but reinforcements arrived too late to catch the enemy. It was one of numerous small skirmishes across the country. Military authorities also reported enemy gunners shelled 28 airfields, army camps and district towns in the heaviest wave of overnight attacks since the Nov. 1 bombing halt of North Vietnam. It was the second consecutive day of unusually heavy rocket and mortar assaults, and caused immediate speculation that the enemy command had ordered military pressure increased to emphasize Hanoi's displeasure with the deadlock in the Paris peace talks. American South Vietnamese headquarters said over-all casualties were light. More than 100 South Vietnamese and a lesser number of Americans were reported wounded and 10 helicopters were damaged. The attacks were concentrated on outposts and towns in the thickly populated Mekong Delta south of Saigon and on American and South Vietnamese camps guarding the northwestern approaches to the capital. The Binh Thuy airfield outside the delta's biggest city of Can Tho, which was shelled Thursday night, caught another 40 bazooka rounds fired from surrounding marshes. Outside My Tho, the delta's second biggest city, a barrage wounded about 80 Vietnamese recruits at a training camp and mortar shells caused some civilian casualties in the city. Only five of the shellings struck U.S. camps. In most of these, the U.S. Command said, there were no fatalities and very few men wounded. The 10 helicopters reported damaged were at the big U.S. 9th Infantry Division base of (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) Ransom Threat: Pay $500,000 Or She Will Suffocate Kidnaper Told Girl Buried Alive How To Bail Out Coffin MIAMI (AP) — A U. S. commissioner was told of a girl being buried alive with instructions on how to bail out her coffin, then ruled there was probable cause to believe Gary Krist kidnaped Barbara Mackle and put her in the living grave. Krist, 23, an escaped convict, sat slumped over during the Friday hearing, his bearded chin on his chest and his eyes averted from witnesses as they told how Barbara was buried on a Georgia hillside after being kidnaped Dec. 17. FBI agent Joseph St. Pierre said Miss Mackle described the ordeal from her hospital bed after being freed from the box where she spent 83 hours. "They told her there was a -O- -0- -o- pumj? operated on a battery that would bail out her capsule if water seeped in,"St. Pierre testified at the hearing in the chapel of Dade County Jail. "Barbara said the kidnaper she knew as George told her he'd tested the capsule himself in the same spot and it worked perfectly," the agent said. When shown pictures of Krist, St. Pierre continued, Barbara said, "That's him! That's the man!" "He told her the battery would last a week unless she used the light too much in which case it would burn out in five days," St. Pierre said. "He told her not to use the pump unless the box sprang a leak. She started it twice, because he said if ( -o- -o- -o- she started the pump it would trigger an alarm in a nearby house and let them know she was in trouble but they never came." Commissioner Edward Swan also read the typewritten, three-page ransom note buried in the backyard of the Coral Gables, Fla., home of Robert Mackle beofre his 20-year-old daughter was taken from a motel outside Atlanta. "She is uite same if somewhat uncomfortable," the note began. "Barbara is presently inside a small capsule buried in a remote piece of soil. She has enough food and water to last Charge Conspiracy AUTO FIRMS SUED ON AIR POLLUTION WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department sued the Big Four automakers Friday, charging they conspired to stifle development of devices to control air pollution by automobiles. The civil suit was filed in Los Angeles against General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Corp., American Motors Corp. and the Automobile Manufacturers Association, a trade organization. It charged that since 1953 they had engaged in unlawful agreements to restrain trade and eliminate competition, in viola- ton of the Sherman Antitrust Act. The companies and the association issued statements denying they had restrained trade. Instead, they said, they have cooperated to speed development of antipollution devices. The Justice Department charged they agreed: —To eliminate competition among themselves in the development and installation of pollution control equipment. —To eliminate competition in buying patents and patent rights for such equipment. —To agree on a date for installing pollution control equipment and install it uniformly. —To delay the installation of certain equipment which was workable. —And to restrict publicity about research and development of pollution control devices. The suit. said the defendants could have installed positive crankcase ventilation devices on cars sold outside California in 1962, but agreed not to do it until 1963. In early 1962 and 1963, it said the four companies agreed to delay the use of an improved positive crankcase ventilation device on cars sold in California. The suit charged that in early 1964 the companies agreed to tell California pollution authorities a device to control exhaust pollution could not be installed until 1967, when in fact it could have been used on 1966 models. It said the four finally installed the devices on 1966 mod- eles because of pressure from manufacturers outside the auto industry. Thomas C. Mann, former undersecretary of state who is president of the Automobile Manufacturers Association, said the suit "is based on a profound misunderstanding of the cooperative program" of the automakers to control pollution. "We greatly regret the sudden decision of the Department of Justice to attack the industry's 15-year-long cooperative program to develop and perfect motor vehicle emission controls." The Justice Department listed several other companies which it said were co-conspirators, but not defendants. These were the Checker Motor Corp. of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Diamond T Motor Car Co. of Cleveland ; International Harvester Co. of Chicago; Studebaker Corp. of South Bend, Ind.; Kaiser Jeep Corp. of Oakland, Calif., and Mack Trucks, Inc. of New York. The suit asked that the defendants be ordered not to restrict trade, not to restric publicity of antipollution activity and to make avilable patent licenses and production know-ho wto applicants interested in developing antipollutio nequipment. ^/^iiLi -^iJJK ^j'uiw.'iO.. NAMED FOB APOLLO MOON LANDING MISSION—These three astronauts, civilian Neil Armstrong, Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Collins, and Air Force Col. Edwin Aldrin, have been named as the crew of Apollo 11 mission, scheduled to land on Moon about midsummer. Armstrong will command, Collins will command the module pilot, and Aldrin will be the lunar module pilot. (AP Wirephoto) BANK BOOSTS AUTO, PERSONAL LOAN RATE Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) Heart Transplant On Hospital Diet CHICAGO (AP) — Ervin Cramer, Illinois' first successful heart transplant patient is now eating a regular hospital diet and may be allowed to go home in two weeks, it was announced Friday. He has not started special exercises yet, hospital spokesman at Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital said, and spends much of his time watching television. Cramer underwent the four- hour operation Dec. 27, one day after the first such Chicago operation was unsuccessful. NEW YORK (AP) — The First National City Bank has boosted the interest rates on personal loans—money borrowed for items like cars, furniture and home appliances. Effective Monday, the interest on those loans will go up one- quarter of one per cent meaning it will cost borrowers from 55.50 to 56 per $100, depending on the type and length of loan. Other banks indicated they were considering a similar step. First National, the city's largest bank, took the lead earlier this week when it raised Its prime rate—the rate on loans to corporate borrowers — one-quarter of one per cent to 7 per cent. The bank announced the new 'Boost Friday. From Moon 3 Rockets Must Fire For Return Guard Posted Patients Burned By Attacker ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP)—A two-man police detail was placed Friday on an around- the-clock schedule in a 300-bed wing of Chronic Hospital following the death of a patient from burns. Dr. Herbert R. Domke, acting St. Louis director of health and hospitals, said burns from a "corrosive substance" caused the death early in the day of John . Former, 55, who was transferred Tuesday from Chronic Hospital to City Hospital. Domke said two elderly patients of Chronic Hospital died earlier after they were treated for burns but that there is no evidence to link the deaths with the burns. Hospital authorities said they know of five patients who were burned at the hospital since last Aug. 14, beginning with a 92- year-old woman. Two of the patients are living. Police began questioning em­ ployes at the hospital Friday in an attempt to turn up a lead on the burnings. One employe was quoted as saying other em­ ployes were "afraid to come to work." Helen Taylor, St. Lou.s city coroner, said an autopsy revealed that Former died of burns on the throat plus lung collapse. Victims had brownish, discolored areas on the face and neck and some may have swallowed part of the substance poured over them, the hospital's administrator, Joseph B. Shank said. Attacks on the patients are believed to have taken place between bed checks at night and morning nursing services. Domke said the burns of two victims were at first thought to be skin disorders. Negroes Hold Buildings At 2 Colleges By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Negro militants who have seized buildings at Brandeis University and Swarthmore College defied evacuation orders today, but an uneasy weekend calm came to 'other U.S. campuses troubled by postholiday student demonstrations. At Brandeis, in Waltham, Mass., the faculty voted 153 to 47 to grant a Negro demand for the establishment of an Afro-American studies department. However, 65 students for the fourth day continued 1 to occupy a building containing the campus telephone switchboard and a $200,000 computer. Their leaders were invited to a meeting with the faculty during the afternoon. The Brandeis black rebels had [ignored a court order to restore the building to school administrators. At Swarthmore College near Philadelphia 15 members of the Afro- American Student Society declared they would retain possession of the administration building, seized Friday, until they won concessions for Negro students. Conservative Students Act Meanwhile trustees of New York's Columbia University, where demonstrations by student radicals halted classes last spring, were hit from the right flank when 12 students with conservative leanings filed a court Dunne Gets Ogilvie Job CHICAGO (AP) — George Dunne has been elected President of the Cook County Board of commissioners, replacing Governor-elect Richard B. Ogilvie. Dunne, who has been a member of the board, was elected president at a private meeting Friday, it was learned. His election will be announced publicly Monday. SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — Three rocket engines must fire perfectly, one of them several times, for the moon landing crew to return to earth safely, the Apollo 11 commander told newsmen Friday. Neil A. Armstrong, commander of the first American space crew with a chance to land on the moon, said all the firing of rocket engines around the moon "will have to be completed for us to come back." "I recognize that no matter how good things get, there's always something that can malfunction," he said, when asked of the dangers of the flight. Armstrong, a civilian. Air Force Col. Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. and Air Force Lt CoL Michael Collins were named to the Apollo 11 crew by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Thursday. They held a lengthy news conference Friday. Armstrong said he felt it "a great honor to be selected," but noted that "any one of our men (astronauts) would like to have this job." — Collins said "I don't think there's any of the Apollo mainline crews that couldn't take over" the lunar mission. Aldrin said the selection came through "the twists and turns of fate" and he felt gratitude to a "fate kind -^enough to put us in this position." Aldrin and Armstrong will make the descent to the lunar surface aboard the lunar module. Collnis will stay aboard the command module in lunar orbit. It hasn't been decided, Armstrong said, who will take the first step onto the moon—he or Aidrin—but that simulations of assigned lunar surface activities will be conducted to make that decision. Moon Surface Experiments Aldrin said the astronauts will carry onto the surface equipment for three experiments. Two devices, a seismograph and a laser light beam reflector, will be left on the moon. A —third device, a strip of foil which will measure the solar winds, will be left on the surface a brief time and brought back by the crew. But, Armstrong said, the most important thing to be learned on the first landing is how well man can work in the airless moon surface where gravity is (Continued On Page 2 Col. 3) I (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) RETALIATE FOR GUNFIRE OVER RIVER TEL AVTV (AP) — Isarei warplanes flashed low across the Jordan River cease-fire line today to pound Arab commando positions following an attack on an Israeli army vehicle. Observers on the Israeli side of tne border reported seeing flames end smoke from tno abandoned Arab village of Ktes, just across the border. The action took place near Kibbutz Gesher, six miles south of the Jordan River in the embattled Jordan valley. It was the first time Israel had called in planes to hit Arab attackers since Jan. 2. Israeli sources claim the use of airplanes to hit guerrillas lying in ambush just across the border "has proven highly soc- cessful since it inauguration several weeks ago. The action began at 7:15 a.m. when Arab iiregulars fired bazooka rockets at an army vehicle, tlie Israelis charged. There were no Israeli casualties in the clash. Shortly after that the Israeli planes struck. A dispatch from Amman, Jordan's capital, said four jet fighters— French-made Super Mys- teres and American-made Sky- hawks — carried 1 out a 65-minute attack on farms in the Man- shiyeh and Northern Shuna areas with napalm, bombs and machine guns. A Jordanian spokesman said mere was damage, but nobody was killed. About 60 miles to the south, Israelis and Arabs battled across the cease-fire line for two horn's. . An Israeli Spokesman said tin's exchange was set off by small arms fire from Jordan at two civilian automobiles near the King Abdullah bridge, three miles north of the Dead! Sea. The shooting drew answering fire from Israel and some tima later the Arabs opened up with mortars, he said. One Israeli soldier was reported wounded. Astronauts Ceremony Turns Into A Love-In NEW YORK (AP) — A formal state dinner turned into a "love-in" Friday night as New Yorkers poured affection on the nation's most heroic voyagers — Astronuats Borman, Lovell and Anders. Security guards in the Waldorf-Astoria grand ballroom were powerless to hold back the swell of hundreds of formally attired guests seeking autographs form the men who were first to circle the moon. For nearly an hour, the guests took pictures, and handed dinner menus up. over the dais to the astronauts who obliged their admirerers as rapidly as they could. Each time the guards through all had been signed,' more were passed over their heads . Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller pleaded with his guests: "Ladies and gentlemen, this started out as a state dinner and is ending up a love-in. Will you please take your seats!" Astronaut James A Lovell Jr., a.Navy captain, later told the guests he would leave the dinner "slightly incapacitated. With my left hand. I will not be able to write. With my right hand I will not be able to shake hands." The rapport in the ballroom broadened as the astronauts answered questions posed by the (Continued On Page 2 Col. 4) Woman Is Found Dead On South Tenth Street A woman round unconscious lait night in the 1100 block of south Tenth street was dead upon arrival at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was Mrs. Mary Lee James, 40, of 1215 Cherry street. An autopsy was being conducted today to determine the cause of death. Police were called about 7:40 p.m. when Mrs. James was found lying on the ground. They summoned an ambulance. Police said they were told that Mrs. James had been a recent hospital patient. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Lively Stone Pentecostal church with Bishop Simon P. Scott officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Mrs. James, a maid, was born Sept. 12, 1928 in Fayth county, Tenn. She has been a resident of Mt. Vernon for the past 15 years. She is survived by her husband, Robert; one son. Willie James Jelks of Mt. Vernon; three daughters, Mrs. Fanny Armon, Mrs. Sarah Beard and Mrs. Lilia Dodson, all of Summersville, Tenn., and three brothers, Odel Dodson of Memphis, Tenn. and Kant Dodson of Summersville, Tenn. Friends may call at the Lively Stone church from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Foil Decatur Bank Robbery DECATUR, HI. (AP) — An attempt to rob the Soy Capital Bank of Decatur was foiled Friday night by an off-duty policeman who emptied his revolver at a gunman. Jo Evans, who is employed as a bank guard, shot six times at a man as he was escorting a woman teller from an outside drive-in window into the bank. The man stepped from behind an adjoining fence holding a pistol and said!, "Hold it." Evans fired and the man fired back, twice. As the man turned to flee, he slipped and fell and Evans believes he wounded the man,

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