Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 14, 1969 · Page 1
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TEMPERATURE monday high 38, low 25. 7:00 a.m. today 23. Downtown at noon today 37. MT.VERNON REGISTER-NEWS WEATHER MEMBER AUDP BUREAi 1 OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL —SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE. Southern Illinois — Partly cloudy tonight, a little warmer. Low tonight 22 to 32, becoming cloudy and wanner Wednesday with a chance tor showers. High A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER Wednesday 45 to 55. VOLUME XLIX—NO. 89 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1969 40c per Week —• Single Copy 7c LA. AIRLINER LANDS SEA Marines Land MOCK-UP PREPARED FOR SIRHAN TRIAL—Chief of detectives Robert Houghton of the Los Angeles police department displays a scale model of the area in the Ambassador hotel where Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated last June. It will be used during the trial of Sirhan Bishara Sirhan to permit witnesses to describe more accurately where they were at the time of the shooting and what they saw. Kennedy was shot in a serving pantry just beyond the Embassy room and foyer. (AP Wirephoto) Pipeline Leak in Lima, Ohio Thousands Flee Oil-Flooded City To $60,000 Capital Dix Bonk To Double Stock With Dividend SPRINGFIELD, 111. - Certificates of Approval have been issued by Illinois Commissioner of Banks Roland W. Blaha to amend the charters of banks in Cowden, Dix, .Hoyleton and Olney. The charter of the First State Bank of Dix will be amended to increase its capital stock from $30,000, consisting of 600 shares of a par value of $50 per share, to $60,000 to consist of 1,200 shares, each of $50 par, value. The increase will be ef-" fective with payment of a capital stock dividend. The certificate authorizes increase of the capital stock of the State Bank of Cowden from $50,000, consisting of 500 shares of $100 par value a share, to $100,000 to consist of 1,000 shares of $100 par value per share. The increase will be made effective by paymnt of a capital stock dividend. Capital stock of the Hoyel- tun State and Savings Bank is to. be increased from $75,000, consisting of 3,000 shares of $25 par value each, to $100,000 to consist of 4,000 shares of $25 par value. Payment of a capital stock dividend will make Ihe increase effective. The amended charter of the (Continued On Page 2 Col. 8) I LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Crude oil gushing from a pipeline leak coursed through the sewers and stood in the streets of a 90-block section on the south side of Lima today. A spark could trigger a disaster. Police and National Guard troops moved out almost 8,000 persons, emptying homes and factories, and maintained nightlong roadblocks and patrols while firemen tried to wash down the streets and flush out the sewers. In the early morning hours, Acting Police Chief Ronald Cook said he was hopeful the situation was coming under control. "After a daylight inspection, we may be able to lift the restrictions at noon," he said. Buckeye Pipeline Co., owner of the 22-inch pipeline, said the leak was stopped by an excavation crew after six hours. An Air Force firefighting (Continued On Page 2 Col. 4) Mr. V. Businessman At Desk, As Usual Geo, D. Williams Drives To Work On 91st Birthday George D. Williams is observing his 91st birthday today — working as usual. Mr. Williams, Mt. Vernon's oldest act i v e businessm a n, drove his own car to work this morning, at his real estate office in the John B. Rogers building, Tenth and Main. "I feel good," said Mr. Williams, as he embarked on hi* 92nd year at his desk. He was his- usual cheerful self as lie •?hatted with friends in the same oifice he has maintained here since the building was erected. In the past 71 years he has Jaid out more subdivisions and alditions to Mt. Vernon than any other man. "t haven't driven on any long trips in the past year," he said todjiy, as he recalled that he has driven a car "almost every day since 1912." it was in July of that year that he bought his first auto license for his first car, a Franklin. "My license number was 5800," he said. "If I waited that late to buy my license this year the number would be up in the tens of thousands." Mr. Williams said he decided not to make any long motor trips in his 91st year "because I get tired." He confided that it isn't because of his eyesight, which is still good. Mr. Williams is a member of a long- lived family. Hs si- ter, Mrs. J. D. McMeen of Bellingham, Wash., will observe her 97th birthday on July 30 this year. His brother, W. B. Williams of Sanford, Fla., died last year at the age off 94. Mr. Williams' plans for his 22nd year are simple. "I just plan Defense Argues Intent No Denial Sirban Shot Kennedy LOS ANGELES (AP)-Both the state and the defense, by their questions to prospective jurors, have emphasized that the murder trial of Sirhan Bishara Sirhan will boil down to why the swarthy Jordanian immigrant killed Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. "At the outset," chief defense counsel Grant B. Cooper told the jurors Monday, "you should know that there will be no denial that our client fired the shot that killed Sen. Robert F. Kennedy." The jury's job, he said, will be to determine intent—"what was going on in his head at the time he pulled the trigger." Kennedy was shot June 5, moments after claiming victory in the California presidential primary. He died the next day. Cooper reminded prospective jurors that a charge of first degree murder requires a union of both act and intent. The defense case hinges on "diminished responsibility," a legal technicality rarely used outside California. It holds a person may be legally sane yet still not fully responsible for his actions. Cooper raised the point while questioning Rosa Molina, a widow and nurse who became the first juror tentatively seated aft- BIGGEST SEABORNE ASSAULT Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) 25 Years For Last Of Great Train Robbers AYLESBURY, England (AP) —Bruce Reynolds, the last of the masked band that staged Britain's $7 million Great Train Robbery in 1963, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison. The 37-year-old antique dealer, pursued by Scotland Yard from France to Mexico in a relentless hunt, pleaded guilty to the robbery and declared: "Anyone who thinks that crime pays must be mad.'* He admitted he plotted with other gang members—now in jail—to rob the train and took part in stealing the 120 mailbags. Reynolds had been portrayed in British newspapers as the mastermind of the robbery. Reynolds says that "is just not true."' Watching in the crowded courtroom was Detective Chief Superintendent Tommy Butler, retired head of Scotland Yard's famed flying squad, who tracked 1 Reynolds.and finally arrested him last Nov. 8 at the seaside resort of Torquay. Only about $1 million of the loot from the robbery has been found. i BATANGAN PENINSULA, Vietnam (AP) — Two battalions of U. S. Marines stormed ashore hei-e in the biggest seaborne assault since the Korean War. They were the first units of an 8,200-man allied force ordered to smash a longtime enemy sanctuary, spokesmen announced today. The Marines landed Monday 340 miles northeast of Saigon at the scene of the first major American battle of the Vietnam war in August 1965. Also a sea­ borne assault, it left, 56 leathernecks dead and 150 wounded against 560 enemy killed. U. S. spokesmen said the two battalions were pushing inland today toward a U. S. Army battalion and a South Vietnamese battalion. The three groups hope to surround an area of about eight squre miles believed to hold up to 800 North Vietnamese regulars and an unknown number of guerrillas. The operation was not announced until today for security reasons. Spokesmen said the advancing troops so far have encountered only light sniper fire and they speculated it might be some time before the cordon is closed tight enough to force the enemy to fight or surrender. The Batangan Peninsula . is only 11 miles from the U.S. Army's American Division headquarters at Chu Lai. It has been a major enemy storage area and base camp since the war with the French, and minor probes of its defenses have almost always resulted in fierce fighting. This time the allies have come to stay and the area's 5,000 to 10,000 population will be put into the government pacification program, U.S. spokesmen said. They added nearly all peninsula residents either ac tively or passively support the Viet Cong and pacification efforts are expected to be "bloody and slow." Military officials said the cordon will not be pushed too quickly. The area is honeycombed on higher ground with tunnel systems, some three layers deep. Strategists speculate it will take time for guerrillas in these tunnels to run out of food and fresh water, and the allies don't want them popping up behind them with automatic weapons. The commander of the Aimy's task force on the inland side of the cordon is Brig. Gen. Howard Cooksey of Alexandria, Va. He said the cape is the home base for two main force North Vietnamese battalions of perhaps 800 men. The U.S. Navy, which commanded the Marine operation until all the troops were ashore and in fighting readiness, said the landing was the biggest since Sept. 15, 1950, when about 20,000 marines landed at Inchon during the Korean war. Rear Adm. William W. Behrens Jr. of Coronado, Calif., the FREIGHT DERAILMENT—Railroad workers assess damage ol 12-car freight train derailment near Independence, Ky. Railroad investigators had not learned what caused the oars, loaded with rolled steel, to leave the tracks. There were no injuries. (AP Wirephoto) RUSSIANS PUT A MAN INTO ORBIT (Continued On Page 2 Col. 5) Buford School Expected To Be Finished By 1970 Dr. John Alford, District 80 Superintendent of schools told members of the West Salem PTA Monday night that a revised target date of Sept. 1, 1969 for completion of the new J. L. Buiord School may not be met. Alford,said the original date for completion of the school was Jan. 1, 1970, but the revised target date was set after architects finished plans ahead of schedule. "The weather factor has delayed construction somewhat," said Alford. "However, I feel that the original completion date of Jan. 1, 1969 will be met. Alford said he is hopeful that the school will be completed on the revised date of Sept. 1. School board members are expected to vote Wednesday night et the regular board meeting on kitchen plans lor the new MOSCOW (AP) — A Soviet cosmonaut was hurled into orbit today in continuation of tests of the trouble-plagued Soyuz spaceship. Unofficial reports circulated in Moscow that another cosmonaut would play a role in the mission, possibly attempting the Soviet Union's first manned linkup. A Moscow television announcer said Air Force Lt. Col. Vladimir Shatalov, riding Soyuz-4, would carry out a "complex, responsible mission." . Col. Shatalov radioed from orbit that he was feeling fine. Col. Vladimir Beregovoy's test of Soyuz-3 last October was the first successful mission cai'- ried out by the ship. It flew si- mutlaneously with the unmanned Soyuz-2 craft. Soyuz 1 ended in disaster April 24, 1967 when Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov crashed to earth and was killed. During the next 18 months Western space observers closely followed a series of unmanned launchings with Soyuz orbital dimensions. These were believed to be re-entry tests aimed at preventing recurrence of the Komarov tragedy. Tass said Shatalov, 41, was put into orbit by a "powerful carrier rocket" at 2:39 a.m. EST. Four flaming exhaust jets could be seen on the television report of the launching. Tass said Shatalov had successfully operated the craft's manual controls, adjusting his position by making a fix on the sun. Ground controllers are keeping in touch with the rookie cosmonaut by radio and television, Tass added. Shatalov was described in his official biography as a six-year veteran of the cosmonaut training program. The son of a railway worker, he is married and has two children. Tass reported Shatalov's initial orbit was close to planned dimensions, with a high point of 139 miles and a low of 107 miles. He is circling the earth every 88.25 minutes. "Goodby, dear friends—we'll meet again soon on mother earth," Moscow Radio quoted CAPTURE ESCAPED MISSOURI BADMEN LBJ Honored At New York Dinner Dance NEW YORK (API—President Johnson says he believes history, in evaluating his five years in the White House, will record a verdict that "we tried." Johnson made the statement at a brilliant dinner dance in New York last night. A White House spoksman said it would be the last such formal occasion for the chief executive. The President in effect expressed his valedictory. He said: "I don't know what they will say next year or what they will record in a hundred years about our accomplishments, our solid achievements. But I do believe they will all say we tried." He six>ke slowly. His voice was low and deeply serious. He was interrupted frequently by applause. His guest list of more than 400 was bipartisan, including prominent Republicans as well as Democrats. At the same time the President had a fine time at the party. He danced during dinner, and when the formal program ended he went on dancing. He then flew back to Washington. The dinner guest list wa3 composed of Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, members of the Johnson cabinet, diplomats, educators, labor leaders, prominent businessmen, civil rights leaders and members of the performing arts. Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York Sen. Jacob K. Javits, Mayor John V. Lindsay and their wives were among the guests. Test Of History Johnson said the real test of his administration is will not be what historians say. He. said 1 the ultimate judgment would rest on whether Americans live better today. "I really think there has been a change for the better," he said. ou , , , . . , , , , He pointed to what he de- bnataiov as saying just oeiore; as improvements in the the launching. "I will exert all i AU . r .u„ „„„,i Butord school. Several West Sa- Eleven other members of the item PTA members are seeking to work every day," he igang are in prison on sentences)a larger kitchen than has been said * ' ranging from 3 to 30 years. I planned by architects. launching my force to carry out the tasks assigned to me." The broadcast also said Sha­ talov was the backup man in the Beregovoy flight aboard Soyuz- 3, launched Oct. 26 and orbited simultaneously with unmanned sister ship Soyuz-2. Moscow television had a videotaped report from the Bai­ konur cosmodorme less than IV2 hours after the launching—the fastest coverage ever of a Soviet space shot. Mother Kills 2 Children, Self MATTOON, 111. (AP) — The second of two children shot by their mother died Monday in a hospital. The mother, Mrs. Nancy Ann Murphy Potter, 26, killed herself Sunday after she shot her two children. One child, Elisa Ann, 5, was killed Instantly. The other, Ronnie Lee, 8, died Monday in a hospital. condition of Negroes, the aged, the opportunities for education among the young and the condition of "families who were poor, and men who are idle. They have begun to know the dignity of decent incomes and jobs." LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Two escaped convicts from Missouri, one of them considered among the most dangerous fugitives in the nation, were captured by the FBI Monday in a home littered with firearms. Agents said one of the captured convicts, Patrick Kane, 43, was to have been added to the FBI's list: of the ten most wanted men this Wednesday. Taken into custody with him was Dale Wilson, 24, who escaped with Kane at Warrenton, Mo., last Nov. 14 while being transferred from Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary to St. Louis, Mo. The FBI said the pair escaped bby overpowering their guards and taking their money and car, That night, the FBI reported they invaded the home of a Bridgeton, Mo., couple and held them hostage until morning when they left in the family car, Six days later the escapees allegedly held up the first state bank of St. Charles, Mo., fleeing with $55,472. Wesley G. Grapp, special FBI agent in charge at Los Angeles, said Kane had held police at bay by threatening suicide during his pervious capture. When he escaped, he was serving a 22-year term for a bank robbery conviction. Grapp said both men were known to be armed and were considered extremely dangerous. He said they were captured in a surprise raid on a home and did not have a chance to reach any of the several weapons found in the house. They will appear Tuesday on federal escape and bank robbery charges beforeaU.S commissioner in Los ' Angeles, Grapp said. Rue Is IPAA Vice President TULSA, Okla., — (Special) Six Illinois oilmen have beer: elected directors of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, IPAA President Harold M. McClure, Jr., Alma, Mich., has announced. They are Henry Fullop, with Eastern Petroleum Co., Carmi; Aaron M. Karchmer, Karchmer . Pipe and -Supply Co., Centralis; Edward E. Rue, Bufay , Oil Co.. Mt. Vernon; C. R. Winn, Winn Drilling Co., Salem; Homer Lutrell, Effingham, and Lloyd A. Harris, Mattoon. IPAA is the only national trade association representing some 6,000 independent oil and gas producers, with membership in every petroleum producing area of the United States, Jefferson, Hamilton, Franklin OK Plan For Flood Control In Three Counties Scandinavian Jet 30 SURVIVE; 4 DEAD AND 11 MISSING LOS ANGELES (AP)-A Scandinavian Airlines jet splashed into the rainswept Pacific Ocean while attempting a landing at International Airport Monday night—and floated. Of the 45 alxmrd. there wore 30 known survivors and 4 known doacl. SAS listed 9 of the remaining 11 as missing, the others as unaccounted for. Santa Monica Hospital, near the airport, reported treating 24 persons and said all were in good condition. As dawn broke over the Pacific, wreckage of the big DC8 still was floating—almost 12 hours after it came down into two-foot swells eight miles off shore. In a scene of pandemonium, passengers and crew membere scrambled into rubber boats or atop the wings and fuselage. Some tumbled into the sea. An armada of small boats- Coast Guard cutters, life guard craft, and a volunteer fleet of private yachts and motor boats —conducted a search and rescue operation that lasted for hours. Rescue boats plucked survivors from the waves or the plane, sped them ashore to ambulances that took them to the hospital. During the night, divers determined that no bodies were inside the plane. The jetliner, on a flight across the North Pole from Copenhagen via Seattle, Wash., hit the water with no warning, passengers said. Due at 6:05 p.m., the jetliner had circled in the airport landing pattern for some 90 minutes due to a bad weather stackup of planes, then began its approach. It vanished from the radar screen at 7:40. Pilot Kenneth Davis, an Englishman living in Sweden, said he made a "routine approach except for some difficulty with the landing gear." He declined to give details, but commended his crew and the passengers for "totally heroic and disciplined action" in evacuating the plane and launching rubber boats. The floating was "a miracle" to one coast guardsmen. Another called it "kind of miraculous" the pilot "was able to keep the ship in one piece, landing in two-foot waves and ; darkness." The first arrivaLs in small boats described the scene as one of chaos. Helicopters, the first arrivals, hovered overhead—dropping rafts, dropping flares. A stiff breeze whipped the rain, with air and water temperatures in the chill 50s. Bill Stidham, skipper of the county life guarfl boat Bay Watch, said his craft was the first boat to arrive and he found four crewmen on a wing and many passengers in two large rafts. One raft was in the water tied to the plane, he said, and the other was still on a wing. Small craft of all descriptions brought in others and, later, recovered bodies: Fire Chief James Craycroft said 1 it took 40 minutes to reach the area from shore. Small boats recovered floating suitcases and life jackets. Divers went underneath the fuselage looking for bodies but found none. Coast guardsman searched the plane's inside but found no one. Anderson, the off-duty pilot, told newsmen he spoke to the pilot after the crash and was told 'he was having a little trouble with the landing gear" just be fore it happened. Cong ressman Kenneth J. Gray announced from Washington, D. C. today approval by the U. S. Soil Conservation Service of a plan to assist in developing 146,659 acres in three southern Illinois counties Jefferson, Hamilton and Franklin. The plan would control land- damaging floods in the Middle Foik bottoms near West Frankfort. The federal assistance will be to soil and water conservation districts in the three counties. Gray said that soil and water districts in the three counties will receive financial assistance to plan and build reservoirs and other projects to control floods and drought conditions. The Congressman pointed out that the plan can be coordinated with the $100 million Big Muidy River Basin project, by the Soil Conservation service and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. The mammoth Big Muddy River basin project was announced by Gray last October. •A Charge Woman In $852 Theft Mary Lou Greer, 20, of 312 Opdyke Avenue, was arrested by city police yesterday afternoon and charged with the theft of $852 from a McLeansboro man. Police said she is charged with taking the money from the billfold of Wilford Periymtth of McLeansboro, while they were parked in his car at the parking lot at Jaycee Lake. The incident occurred Sunday night, police said. Bond was set at $4,000. Police said that S850 of the money had been recovered.

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