TEMPERATURE Tuesday high 34 low 22. •7:00 a.m. today 28. Downtown at noon today 44. VOLUME XLIX—NO. 00 Ml VERNON REGISTER MEMBER AUDr BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL —SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE "MOUNT VERXON, ILLINOIS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1 5, i :»Vi:» A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Travelers warning. Rain frco/.ing rain likely changing to rain tonight and continuing Thursday. Low tonight around •M). High Thursday -l.i to 50. KILLED 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c livers "State Of The Notion" Plan Security Bank On Square 50 Pet. Dividend ARCHITECTS EMPLOYED YESTERDAY Johnson Budget $195.3 Billion After Landing YANKS RING VIET CONG STRONGHOLD SAIGON (AP) — U. S. Marines participating in an 8,200- man amphibious operation on the Batangan Peninsula got their first taste of action today ELS they tightened their noose on BL Viet Cong stronghold 340 miles northeast of Saigon. Rear Mm. W. W. Behrens Jr. oil Harrisburg, Pa., reported the Leathernecks repulsed an enemy attempt to break out of the cordon, suffering two dead and seven wounded in a fierce ex- Reds Blow Up Laos Munitions VIENTIANE (AP)— Communist r *athet Lao guerrillas destroyed «a government munitions depoc about S miles east of Vientiane early this moring, government sources reported. Exploding ammunition was still being heard in the Laotian capital five hours after the raid. SgStoies said a company of S°^wphent soldiers repulsed ttie Pafhet Lao in a 30-minute fi- x-efight, but the guerrillas fired toazookas into the depot, which contained ammunition and sup- lilies for the entire 5th Military District encompassing Vientiane JRrovince. No casualties were reported. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Johnson has advised the Democratic majorities of House and Senate to give a sympathetic hearing to President-elect ( Nixon's program but to push | ahead resolutely with legislation for social reforms. Johnson, who sends a §195.3 billion budyet to Congress to- dry, said in a sentimental farewell to the nation Tuesday night that the prospects for peace in Vietnam are better now than they have been in the four years since Hanoi sent regular troops into (he South. But Vietnam was quickly pp.ssed over in Johnson's 44- minute final report on the State of tlie Union, a prosperous nation that surely needs, he said, to repair urban blight, end racial discrimination, improve educational opportunities and guarantee the safety of its streets. While reminiscenses of his 38- year attachment to Capitol Hill were the order of the night during his nationally televised and broadcast sentiment at a joint session of Congress, Johonson change of small arms fire. Enemy casualties were not known. Earlier, four Viet Cong were killed in another small skirmish and two guerrilla soldiers defected to the Americans, said Behrens. He also reported 1 the iRtfarines destroyed several tunnel completes, captured 600 pounds of rice, corn and flour, and rounded up 700 suspects for interrogation by a South Vietnamese pacification team. Behrens said the aid is to sep- ai-ate the peninsula's Viet Cong "activists" from the general J>opulation, estimated between 5,000 and 10,000. Two Marine battalions swept ashore on Batangan Monday in •what the U. S. Navy said was •the biggest seaborne assault since the 1950 Inchon landing of the Korean War. About 5,200 troops of the U. S. Americal Division and the South Vietnamese 2nd Infantry Division joined up with the 3,000 Leathernecks Tuesday. Navy patrol boats have ringed the peninsula, sealing off the enemy's last escape routes as the ground troops push seaward. Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) Budget Message On Page 10-A had some cogent advice to his feUovy Democrats and supporters ' " -'©d^the applause that in- 1 1 . >is speech 53 titles. At _.it. end Johnson urged the national bipartisanship that he practiced as Senate majority leader when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president but which the Republicans gave him on a hit-and-miss basis. "President-elect Nixon will need your understanding, just as I did," lie told his former colleagues of the Capitol. "He is entitled to have it. The burdens he will bear will be borne for all of us. Each of us should try not to' increase them for the sake of naiTOw personal or partisan advantage." But, having said that, Johnson went on to outline to his Dernc*- cratic listeners—and such Republicans as might take note—a broad program of social advancement calculated to' write a party record for tlie 1970 congressional elections and a challenge to Nixon's re-election in 1972. Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and Edmund S .Mus- kie, D-Maine, potential top contenders for the 1972 nomination, listened intently to Johnson's advice. On tlie dais, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, last year's presidential nominee, nodded his approval and grinned broadly as the President made his points. Johnson, who was said to have consulted Nixon the major points of his speech, called for: —A 13 per cent over-all increase in Social Security bene- (Continued on Page 6-C Col 6) 'Will Serve Over 200 Customers Belle Rive Water Work Should Begin In Spring ,., _ — — i Barring any difficulties, work should begin this spring on a new $285,000 municipal water system for Belle Rive. Village officials have already areceived word that funds will be made available from the federal Farm and Home Administration. According to Belle Rive village president Rufus Ellis, a "small amount of legal work" still needs to 1 be completed be- forejRjhe necessary funds are Available for tlie letting mac of contracts. Ellis said it is hoped that •work can begin by "April or IVIay." About 230 customers have already paid $10 down and will I>ay another $15 tap on fee when construction begins. It is esti- xnated that a tap on fee of $150 will be charged for new customers after the system is in operation. Ellis said application blanks Jor the water service may be obtained from Sparkey Adams at Opdyke or from Don Wilkey at the Wilkey Cafe and Shell Service station. Bell Rive will purchase the water from the city of Mt. Vernon at a bulk rate cost of 30 cents per $1,000 gallons. Tlie water rate for residents will amount to a minimum of $6 per month. The loan for the water system will be retired out of water receipts over a 40- year period. At a village board meeting Monday night, board members were told of progress made in tlie community during 1968. Besides tlie granting of funds for the water line, residents saw a new fertilizer plant and a large feed grinding mill locate in Belle Rive during 1968. Several new homes have been constructed and the Hamilton County Telephone Cooperative is erecting a new building to house single line facilities and limited mile radius service. >' OK $8.2 Million To Complete Rend Lake Dam In 1970 Congressman Ken neth J. Gray announced today that an $8.2 million appropriation is "virtually certain" to complete the main Rend Lake dam this year. President Lyndon Johnson today asked Congress to appropriate that, amount in this year's budget message. Tlie figure — $2.5 million more than last year's Rend Lake appropriation — was agreed upon yesterday after con- fernces with Congressman Gary. "I am certain that Congress will approve the full $8.2 million," Gray said. "It will mean that the lake can be completed in 1970, a year ahead of tlie 1971 target date." Gray said that the bigger ap- propration this year will mean a saving of from $225,000 to $250,000 to the Rend Lake Conservancy District in construction of the $13.5 million intercity water system which will serve Mt. Vernon and 30 other southern Illinois towns. "If tlie dam is completed in 1970 it will mean that there will be no need for a temporary dam which had been planned to impound water for start of the water system," Gray said. Tlie budget presented by President Johnson today also calls for a total appropriation of $23,782,000 this year for soil, water and flood control and navigation projects in southern Illinois' 21st Congressional district. "These southern Illinois projects, when completed 1 , will cost 500 million dollars," Rep. Gray said. Rend Lake and their other projects, he said, will assure the future economic and recreational development of the entire southern Illinois area. Mt V. Escapee Pleads Innocent PONTIAC, 111. (AP) - Two prison escapees indicted on kid naping charges have pleaded innocent in Circuit Court. John Jones. 18, of Mt. Vernon and Doublas Eversole, 18, of Aurora entered the pleas Tuesday on arraignment. They were indicted on charges of escape from the Portiac State Prison, burglary, battery and aggravated kidnaping. The latter charge involves the alleged abduction of Mrs. James Beatty of Pon- tiae and her two sons, David and Jim. Mrs Ben try and her children were treed in Decatur: Jones and Eversole were arrested in Dallas, Tex., a month later. Shotgun Blast Injures Youth Robert Dread, 19, 1523 south 9th street, was in the Good Samaritan Hospital today with self inflicted shotgun wounds to the chest. Mt. Vernon Police said Dread! apparently shot himself with a .410 shotgun about 11:17 p.m. Tuesday. The Mt. Vernon Red Cross reported that 11 people responded to calls early this morning to donate blood for the shooting victim. Decimal Error Fatal To Baby SHEFFIELD, England (AP) —A doctor put a decimal point in the wrong place and a 2- week-old infant died of a drur; dose 10 times too strong. Sheffield City Coroner Herber Pilling ruled Tuesday the death of baby David Walking was an accident after Dr. Kenneth Allen admitted making an "arithmetical" error in calculating a dese of the drug Digokm. Pilling said, "There may be danger of a similar incident in the future" and urged tlie government to forbid the use of decimals in drug calculations. Directors of Security Bank and Trust: Co. yesterday afternoon voted to build a modern new bank on the northeast corner of the Mt. Vernon public square. Following the unanimous decision the directors awarded a contract to the local architectural firm of Fields Goldman and Magee to design the new building. 50 Peir Cent Dividend In another major action at the 59th annual meeting the stock holders voted unanimously to amend the bank's charter by a declaration of a 50 percent capital stock dividend by transferring $300,000 from the reserve for contingencies account to the capital stock account, making each share holder receive one share of stock for each two shares presently held, which increases the stock from 12,000 shares with a par value of $50 to 18,000 shares with a par value of $50 and increases capital from $600,000 to $900,000. President J. Marvin Powers in giving a complete report for the year 1968, said Security Bank and Trust Co. experienced another year of solid growth. He further reported that the bank had another excellent year as to profits. Start Bank Tills Year The new Security bank will be built on the north side of the square, in a lialf- block area from Ninth street west which formerly housed five business locations. The bank purchased the properties some time ago and is in the process of demolishing tlie buildings now. During the past year Security also' purchased property at 118 north Tenth street for additional expansion and to furnish a better and wider driveway to tlie bank's drive-in windows. A contract has been let for demolition of all buildings purchased for tlie expansion program. President Powers said that construction of the bank will be started this year, probably during the summer and no later than in the fall of 1969. Will Go Computer The stockholders were also advised at the annual meeting that the bank will go on computer service February 1 this year. A report of Security Bank's trust department was given to the stockholders by Vice President and Trust Officer Philip B. Newkirk. He said the trust investments had more than doubled during the year 1968. He reported that Security's trust department is giving complete trust services. Name Directors, Officers The stockholders elected the folio wing directors: Lewis Brake, C. J. Covington, Russell Elliston, Ben Glassman, Curt D. Ham, George E. Hill, George W. Howard, Jr., Donald O. Lee, Coyn Mateer, John R. Mitchell, J. Marvin Powers, Stanley Rosenberger, E. M. Self, John Page Wham and Harry Wolter. The board of directors named J. Marvin Powers, President, Philip B. Newkirk, vice president and trust officer; Roger O. Smith, vice president; John Howard, vice president; Norma J. Garrison, cashier; Gene Crawford, assistant cashier and assistant trust officer; and Rex L. Kelley and Gale E. Howell, assistant cashiers to serve for THE IT.S.S. 15NTERPni .SE, 85.000-ton carrier, Is the world's largest warship. (AI» Win photo) Moy Transfer Crews In Space Russians Have Four Men In Orbit On 2 Spaceships (Continued On Page 2 Col. 8) Re-Elects Officers First Naf'l Climbs Over $42Jvtillion Total resources of Mt. Vernon's First National Bank and Trust Co. climbed to $42,132,412 in 1968, it was revealed at the annual meeting of shareholders yesterday afternoon. Resources at the end of 1967 were $39,981,507. All directors and officers were reelected and Chester Lewis, former Ml. Vernon city manager, was elected as a new director and a vice president of the bank. Bank President E. E. Curtis in his annual report to shareholders ,noted that deposits increased, $1,925,697.48 during the year, despite the fact that there was a $4.3 million withdrawal of state funds. "Consiaering Die withdrawal of state funds during 1968, deposits actually increased approximately $6.2 million," he said. Dividends paid to .shareholders during tlie year amounted to $70,000, paid at 50 cents per- share quarterly on 35,000 shares outstanding. Curtis reported that resources of the trust department totaled $5,898,381.07 at the end of 1968, an increase of assets administered of $1,150,818.04 over the previous year. The increase was 24.2 per cent. After tax earnings in 1968, before additions to reserve, amounted to $223,000, or 10.22 per cent. "In 1969 we look forw ird to a progressive, profitable new year," President Curtis s:id. Directors were elected as follows: Dr. R. A. Alexander, C. E. Brohm, Edward E. Curtis, Olen Eater, Clifford R. Fields, Jerome Glassman, John A. Kirk W. Robert Lipps, M. .J Mitchell, Harold A. Myers, J. Edwin Rackaway, Carl Line oln Sehweinfurlh, Neil E. Smith, and Chester B. Lewis. Directors elected the following officers: Edward E. Curtis, president; Luther Bedierer, vice president; Lac.ey Payne, vice president; Neil E. Smith, vice president and trust officer; Robert N. Puntney, vice presidnet; Chester B. Lewis, vice president; Aletha Edmison, auditor; William Rader, cashier: G. Mack Piper, assistant cashier; Mabel Ewinj, assistant oashic-r; Chester Swieeicki, assistant vice president and data processing; Arthur D. Myers, assistant vice president; John Castell, vice president installment loan department: A. Daniel Odorkirk, vice president and trust officer; Joseph Woodside, manager automobile department. France Will Urge Mideast Big 4 Talks PARIS (AP)—France will formally propose within the next lew days a Big Four foreign ministers' conference under U.S. auspices to sock a solution 'o the Middle East crisis, French government sources said today. They reported the foreign ministers of the United States, franco, Britain and the Soviet Union should consider how to put into effect the U.N. Security Council's resolution calling for ! Israel's withdrawal from terri- ! tr.ry occupied in June 1967. and a general peace settlement. The French government has ; banned arms shipments to Is! racl. The French Cabinet, meeting today under President Charles ! do Gaulle, discussed the Middle | East situation ond the Soviet i n emorandum outlining a possi- j bin basis for a solution. Information Minister Joel lo Theule I later told newsmen the Western i Dig Three were consulting [through diplomatic channels on | then- reply to the Russian pio- j posals. I Le Theule did not indicate i whether all three planned an [ identical reply. Asked about reports that i France has promised military ! assistance to Lebanon in case of attack, Le Theule declined to answer directly, but said: "In shipments to Israel, France considers thai it served Lebanon's interests." PUBLISHER DIES DIXON, 111. (AP) — Robert E. Shaw, 69, president of the Dixon Publishing Co. and vice president of the Shaw newspaper group, died Tuesday in his home. MOSCOW <AP> Four rookie Soviet cosmonauts, riding Soyuz 4 and Soyu/. 5. began maneuvering in space today lor perhaps the world's lirsi new transfer in orbit. A telecast from aboard Soyuz 5 reported about an hour alter its launching today that the "splendid" craft was functioning norm;yiy and the three-man crew was feeling fine. Earlier cosmonaut Vladimir Shatalov, flying alone in Soyuz 4, reported all was well aboard his craft. Shatalov was launched about 24 hours before his companion ship. There were unconfirmed reports in Moscow that, the Iwo ships would link up, and one of the men from Soyuz 5 would climb aboard Soyu/. 4. As usual, space officials kept, silent: on plans for the four-man mission. The cosmonaut transfer would give the Soviets another "first" in space, and also would mark the first time they matched the U. S. feat of manned docking in orbit. Shi)) commander Boris Voly- nov reported in the telecast from Soyuz 5 that be and his two fellow crewmen withstood the launch "very well" and had begun unspecified "joint experiments" witli Shatalov's craft. .Moscow Sees Telecast The telecast, relayed by videotape on Moscow television, showed Volynov and research engineer Yevgeny Khrunov smiling and relaxing in the cabin. The third man aboard, Alcx- ei Yeliseyev, was not within camera range and might have been in the spacecraft's other compartment. This is the first time since June 1963 that the Soviet Union has attempted a space foal involving two manned ships. It is also the first Soviet mission with four cosmonauts in orbit simultaneously. Tass said Sovuz 5 was launched at 2:11 a.m. EST. Soyuz 4 was launched at 2:39 a.m. Tuesday. Within 45 minutes alter the (Continued On Page 2 Col. 41 Last Day On Job As City Manager Chester Lewis Cleans Out His Desk At City Ha "My wife and I expect to live here the rest of our lives." i That was the comment today iof Chester Lewis, as he cleaned I out his desk at city hall on i his last day as Mt. Vernon city manager. j Lewis resigned as city manager last month, effective lc~ ' tl-.'y, after 13 years of service. He has since accepted a position as a vice president of the ; First National Bank and Trust :Co., in charge of new business and industry. He has also been ! appointed to the bank's board [of directors. 1 As he prepared lo leave the ' employ of the city Lewis pre' dieted a bright future (or Mt. Vernon and southern Illinois. "I hope to be a part of it and to help in any way I can as Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county grow and prosper," he said. Lewis said that he will always static', ready to assist the city when asked. "My wife and 1 appreciate the many kindnesses exten igd to us while I was city manager," Lewis said, "We love Mt. Vernon and consider it our permanent home." When Lewis' announced his resignation there was a concerned effort among Mt. Vernon. (Continued On Pago 2 Col. 7) 85 Men Injured FLIGHT DECK BLASTS, FIRE; 17 MISSING PEARL HARBOR (AP) —The U.S. Navy counted 24 dead. 85 injured and 17 missing tode.y after a series of explosions and fire swept the flight deck ot the nuclear aircraft carrier Enterprise on a training exercise. The S,").0(H)-ton carrier, world's biggest warship, made it br.ck to port Tuesday under her own power from the scone of the disaster 75 miles southwest of Honolulu. A Navy source first attributed the initial explosion lo a bomb falling from an airplane landing on tin 1 carrier. Later this was officially retracted and n Navy spokesman stated thai the cause of the blasts was unknown and under investigation. The ship's nuclonr power plant was not affected. Planes from the Enterprise were taking part in an exercise Tuesday morning tit Kahoolawe, an uninhabited island used as a bombing ran^e, pending redeployment to the Western Pacific It has In'cn in action off Vietnam several times. The Entei-priso. known to her 5,000 men as the "Big E", had launched one llight of planes .MT. VERNON CREWMAN SAKE OX CARRIER Danny Baker. Ml. \Vrm>n nil mhor of the crew of 'he Enterprise, was nninjiir >d in • explosions on the giant car| rier yesterday. His parentsjjE&iv. and Mrs. Russell Bak'oriSBf 42.'! S. 17th, "5 recoivod a telegram from Danny this morning, notifying them that he was nil right. Danny will be 21 years jlcl February G. and wrs preparing to send off a second group armed with live bombs and rockets. Sailors on the flight deck said i the first explosion apparently occurred in or near an F4 Phantom jet parked alx>ut 75 feet from the stern of the ship. "I was walking forward on the flight deck when the first explosion knocked me down," said 1 Petty Officer Billy Hawk, 25, of Austin, Tex. "I picked myself up. ran to a fire station and started getting out gear. ' "A fire unit went by mo into ; the scene. There was another explosion and tlie man who had '. the end of the fire hose wasn't j there any more." 10 Explosions \ At a dockside news confer'. once following tlie arrival of tlie | En1erpri.se. Navy officials said (Continued On Page 2, Col. 1> Dismiss 113 | Criminal Cases In County Court ; For various reasons, 113 eri- , minal cases have been clismis- ! sod in Jefferson County Circuit 1 Court on an oral motion by Slates Attorney Frank Walker. | A total of 26 charges were placed against the 11.". defen- I dants. i Of the cases dismissed, 25 were on a charge of theft, 1 •on a charge of attempt to commit iheft, 8 on a charge of battery; 10 on a charge of burglary; 1 on a charge of forgery; 1 on a charge of assault; 7 on a charge of deceptive prac- tive; 14 on a charge of criminal damage to property; 3 on a charge of disorderly conduct; 1 on a charge of carrying a •concealed weapon; 20 on a charge on non- supi>ort of wife and children; 1 on a charge of aggravated assault; 1 on a charge of intimidation; 1 on a charge of conspiracy to commit a felony; 2 on a threat to commit an offense 1 on a charge of of selling liquor to a minor; :1 on a charge of conspiracy; 1 on a charge of arson; 4 on ! a charge of resisting a peace officer; 1 on a charge of illegal 1 possession of stolen property; ! 1 on a charge of a threat to do bodily harm; 4 on a charge of aggravated battery; 1 on a charge of forgery; 1 on a charge of criminal trespassing to land; 1 on a charge of possession of stolen property; and 1 on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Most of the, charges were preferred in 1968.
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