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TEMPERATURE Friday high 51, low 39. Rainfall Friday .73. 7:00 a.m. today 34. Downtown at noon today 41. MT. VERNON REGISTER- NEWS WEATHER Rain ending today. Clearing and cooler tonight with the low from 28 to 33. Mostly gunny and continued cool Sunday. High near MEMBER AUDr BUREAI' OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER 40 * VOLUME XLIX—NO. 93 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 1969 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c NIXON TAKES OVER MONDAY SOVIET DRAWING OF SPACE RENDEZVOUS—Drawing from an edition of Russian newspaper Pravda depicts rendezvous in earth orbit of Soviet space ships Soyuz 4 and Soyuz; 5. Drawing Is by Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov and painter A. Sokolov. Ships docked in orbit and separated after the transfer of two crewmen, who landed on earth. Other ship remained in orbit. Photo from Tass. (AP Wirephoto) Agree On Procedure Viet Peace Talks Start Next Week Survivors Improve Double Funeral For McLeansboro Crash Victims Double funeral services will be held tomorrow for a woman* and her little grandson who were fatally injured in a tragic auto accident Thursday near McLeansboro. Victims of the crash'were Mrs. Velma Thomas, 52, of Route 3, Galatia, 111., and her. seven- year-old grandson, Jon Mark Dardeen of Buena Park, Calif. • The double funeral will be held at 2:00 p .m.. Sunday at tin. Long Branch Missionary Baptist church. The Rev. George Smith will officiate and burial will be in Durham cemetery. The'bodies will lie in state at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, where friends may call after 6:00 p.m. today. The bodies will be taken to the church at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, to lie in state until the funeral hour. Mrs. Thomas and little Jon were fatally hurt in a crash which severely injured his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John S. Dai- deen of Buena Park, Calu., and their two other children, Michael Allen and Andrea. They are patients at Welborn Memorial Hcspital in Evansville, Ind., and are reportedly improving. Also hurt in the accident were two McLeansboro area sisters who were occupants of the other car. Orma Knight, 52, who \vas critically hurt, was transferred from Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro yesterday afternoon to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. Ava ALIar- d'n, remained as a patient in t':o McLeansboro Hospital and win reported as improved. PARIS (AP)—The four representatives at the new Vietnam peace talks reached full agree• ment today on all procedural matters and real negotiations will begin early next week, the U.S. delegation reported. After a five-hour and 15-minute meeting with representatives of South Vietnam, North Vietnam and the Viet Cong's National Liberation Front—NLF —Ambassador Cyrus R. Vance told reporters: "I em happy to report that we. have reached..full agreement on all procedural questions for the first plenary session which will take place early next week." Church Council Backs Abortion Law Changes CARBONDALE, 111. (AP) — An extension of Illinois laws governing therapeutic abortions has been recommended by the Illinois Council of Churches. The council's 225-member gereral assembly approved Friday a resolution which would permit a physician to terminate a pregnancy if it would result in the birth of an infant with incapacitating deformities or mental deficiency, or if the pregnancy resulted from statua- tory rape or incest. Lnder current state laws, legal abortions can be performed oniy if the health or life of the mother is threatened. The assembly also endorsed the boycott against California grapes and said it would sup- pert efforts to bring collective bai gaining rights to agricultural workers. The council, meeting in a two- day session at Southern Illinois University, adopted both resolutions against considerable opposition. A greater effort to eliminate poverty and racism also was L 'ged as was the adoption this year of a state fair housing law. Fourth To Land Cosmonaut Volynov On Ground Again MOSCOW (AP) — Cosmonaut Boris Voiyr.ov landed safely in the Soviet Union today, success fuUy completing a four-man mission in which the Soviet Union achieved the world's first crew transfer between orbiting spaceships. The official Soviet news agency Tass said Volynov's Soyuz 5 craft made a soft landing at 11 a,m. M °scow time, . 124 , miles southwest of the city of Kustan- ay. This would put him a few hundred-miles northwest of the space center at Baikonlr, where Soyuz 5 was launched Wednesday. Volynov "feels good," Tass reported. ''All experiments were fully completed." His landing came one day after three other cosmonauts made a soft landing in the Soviet Union aboard Soyu,z 4. Two of them, Alexei Ycliseyev and Yevgeny Khrunov, had made space walks Thursday from Vo­ lynov 's craft to join Vladimir Shatalov aboard Soyuz 4. Tass said a breaking rocket on Volynoy's spaceship was fired at a predetermined time and the craft descended into the atmosphere, slowed by parachutes. Apparently using the same landing technique as Soyuz 4, the Soyuz 5 separated into two sections during • the landing, Tass said. Volynov was aboard the crew capsule, while the working quarters in a section called the orbital compartment descended separately. The flight of Soyuz 5 lasted 72 hours 46 minutes. Counting the launching of Soyuz 4 on Tuesday, the entire mission lasted 96 hours 21 minutes. Western experts have acclaimed the Soyuz mission as a step toward assembly of permanent space stations and orbiting laboratories, where scientists and cosmonaut can be ferried back and forth from earth Foreign commentators abo have noted the military valut of permanent manned earth satellites. Nixon Appointees Cabinet Cleared ... Except Hickel Prosecution Maneuver Early Jury Seating For Sirhan Trial? LOS ANGELES (AP) — \ surprise prosecution maneuver may make it possible for a jury to be seated as early as Tuesday in the Sirhan Bishara Sirhan murder trial. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Lynn Compton startled the packed courtroom Friday afternoon by announcing the state would relinquish its right to dismiss the 11 tentative jurors. Grant B. Cooper, the chief defense attorney, then asked that the trial adjourn until Tuesday. "We need time to assess the acceptance of this jui*y as it is now constituted," he told Superior Court Judge Herbert V. Walker. Sirhan, 24, a Jordanian immigrant, is accused of murdering Sen. Robert F. Kennedy last June 5. Jury selection had been expected to take weeks. Sirhan's three attorneys said they will decide over the weekend whether to yield their peremptory challenges—as the prosecution has done—or continue exercising them against jurors it finds objectionable.. If the- defense waives the challenges, it would mean the 11 tentative jurors would be pro- minantly seated. "Don't be surprised at what happens Tuesday," . Copper told newsmen. "We just might have a jury." The 12th seat in the jury box, however, remains vacant. . The prospective juror, Helen Woodworth, a retired legal sec- eretay, told Walker in chambers Friday she must consult her doctor to learn whether a long trial would injure her health. Either side could dismiss Miss Woodworth because the prosecution yielded its peremptory challenges before she was seated, Among two jurors added during the day was Dora Jacobi, a retired university instruct©! who once worked in an Army psychiatric center at Ft. Edwards, Mass. Miss Jacobi, who is Jewish, told the court she could hear the evidence without prejudice. Sirhan, a Palestine-born Arab, is reputed to have written in a diary that Kennedy would die before the first anniversary of the Arab-Israeli war. Defense attorneys have said that the Middle East situation was bound to come up during the trial. The panel's other Jewish member, Benjamin Glick, a clothing retailer, also assured the court when he was seated Thursday he could deliberate the case impartially. WASHINGTON (AP) - Alaska Gov. Walter J. Hickel remains alone on the firing line \v?th the other 11 Nixon Cabinet nominees cleared informally for speedy Senate approval after the inauguration Monday. Indications were the Senat'- Interior Committee, after reviewing Hickel 's plans for avoiding conflicts of interest, wnrld endorse his nomination by the time Richard Nixon tekes the oath Monday. In developments Friday: —The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the nominations of Rep. Melvin R. Laird of Wisconsin to be secretary of c 'eiense and David Packard of California to be deputy secretary. The action involved approval of Packard's plan to put in a charitable trust his substantial holdings in a firm doing government business. —The' Senate Finance Committee endorsed the appointments of David Kennedy of Chicago as secretary of the Treasury and Robert Finch, lieutenant governor of California, as secretary of health, education and welfare. After five hours of discussion, that committee and Kennedy worked out an agreement on hii plan to put into a trust his stock in the Continental Bank o£ Illinois, which he has headecL The trustee will be instructed to diversify his holdings. '^•Chairman • Henry M., Jackson of the Senate Interior Committee said he was fully satisfied with millionaire Hickel's plans to divest himself of holdings and make other financial arrange- rrtnts to avoid conflicts of interest. "1 don't see any possibility of conflict," Jackson said. The committee wound up three days of public hearings during which Hickel was questioned intensively about his views on water pollution and jonservation and his handling of natives' land claims and oil leases while governor. Most other Cabinet nominees appeared only once before Senate committees handling their respective appointments. Hickel's statements on conservation and water pollution shortly after his appointment touched off a furor among conservation groups. He said he had been misunderstood. On the Packard nomination, Chairman John Stennis of the Armed Services Committee said the trust plan, from which the appointee will not profit, "fully protects the public interest. 12 ORDERLY TRANSITION WEEKS END ADDED FIREPOWER—A flying crane lowers a howitzer for U.S. Marines setting up a base on hilltop in South Vietnam near the Laotian border. Artillery was brought in to support allied sweeps below the demilitarized zone through the area around the onetime combat base of KIic Sanli. (AP Wirephoto) SOME YANKS TO PULL OUT THIS YEAR -THIEU SAIGON (AP) President; Nursing Home Fire Kills 7 GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Seven persons died today when fire swept through an all-Negro nursing home here, the Greenville Police Department reported. Nguyen Van Thicu announced today some American combat troops will be withdrawn from South Vietnam this year and he has directed his military chief of staff to draft a timetable with the U.S. Command. Thieu did not say how many of the 532,500 U.S. troops in the country would be withdrawn and added "detailed plans will first have to be developed by the military staffs of the two countries before specific timing can be developed." But sources said the initial withdrawal might affect 20,000 troops and 100,000 might be -o- -o- -o- Paris peace talks and followed a two-hour meeting Friday between Thicu. U.S. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker and Abrams. Thieu said American troops rould now be withdrawn "thanks to the growth of the ARVN—Army of the Republic of Vietnam—both in quantity as well as quality." He added that a gradual American withdrawal "will in no way alter the military and security situation in Vietnam." "This decision," he said, "was taken on the basis of our existing strength and the strong confidence in that real strength, phr.sed out by the end of the i and not on the basis of any polit- year. j ical or other reason." An aide to Gen. Cao Van Vien. j 0 n the battlefield there were chief of South Vietnam's armed j no rcnor t s 0 f ma jor sustained forces, said Vien conferred with j fighting. NEW YORK <AP) -- For Richard M. Nixon, 12 weeks of methodical, calm preparation came today to an ewl and four years of power begin at noon on Monday. The drys of transition, from the triumph of election to the responsibilities of inauguration, have been typical of Nixon's latter-day stylo: orderly, always cautious, frequently silent. There have been few missteps; generally the tone at Nixon headquarters, in the ornate, expensive Hotel Pierre, has been one of quiet, sometimes bland, competence. Seldom has there been even a hint of drama. Nixon associates report the period between presidencies has been marked by full cooperation with the outgoing political adversary. And when citizen Nixon raised his champagne glass in a final, prcinaugural toast to the President of the United States, it was wtith words of praise for Lyndon B. Johnson as a man who has worked as hard at his job as any who ever held the While House. As President-elect, Nixon avoided anything that would ! seem an attempt to propel him; self past Johnson and into the ; role of national spokesman prior ! to his inauguration. | He decided at the outset, for example, that mere would be no general news conference until after Jan. 20. Nigon felt Johnson would regard that a san atfcmpt lo seize in advance the stage of presidential publicity. He remarked privately that Johnson was a bit sensitive on such matters. FurthciTnore Nixon was determined to avoid advance commitments which might promise more, at home or abroad, than he could deliver once in office. He sought to make sure that the new presidency, if short on drama, would pledge only the possible. No Advance Pledges As a result there were no pledges at all, except in the most general terms. And Nixon set down a rule for himself and his appointees: Speak no policy until you take charge. From the evidence compiled at the Hotel Pierre, Nixon's will rTmmmmmmmsmmmmmmmmmmmmsmmmmmmmm Not Mad At Dems Or GOPs LBJ Leaving With Gratitude In Heart the U.S. commander in Vietnam, Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, last week. A spokesman for Abrams said further discussions are scheduled between the two. Abrams is understood to have reluctantly accepted the fact that some American troops will have to be withdrawn soon, but he is opposed to any cutback until mid-July. Abrams bclieevs the South Vietnamese army will not be good enough to fill the gaps until then. He also wants to keep the enemy "on the run," sources said, and would prefer to await developments at the Paris peace talks before paring down U.S. strength. Thieu's announcement came a few hours before the first scheduled meeting of the enlarged U.S. Marines supported by Navy bombers, tightened a cordon around the Vict Cong-controlled Batangan Pcn&inula 31C miles northeast of Saigon, killing 32 enemy soldiers, a military spokesman reported. Four Marines were killed, and 23 wounded. U.S. arid (Continued On Page 2 Col. 2) Inauguration Schedule . . . WASHINGTON (AP) — Schedule of events for the Inau- South Vietnames- jgural weekend (all times EST): headquarters listed 8? enemy soldiers killed in four scattered fights ranging from the Mekong Delta to the foothills south of Da Nang. Spokesmen said one American was killed, and 25 Saturday- Reception for distinguished women, National Gallery of Art, 2 to 5 p.m. By special invitation. Young America's Inaugural ialute, Washington Hilton, 4 to 7 Og ilvies Go To 3 Balls Americans and four government | p.m. By special invitation, soldiers were wounded. j inaugural All American Pub- A U.S. helicopter was shot.; lie. National Guard Armory, 9 down 48 miles northwest of Sai- ! prn. Tickets available to-public, gon Friday killing all three! Sunday— crewmen, a spokesman raid. Ii! Governors' Reception, Shera- was the 984th American hciicop- \ ton Park, 2 to 5 p.m. By special invitation. Reception Honoring the Vice POLITICAL FIGHT—Presidential grandson Lyn Nugent grabs glasses of Sen. Everett Dirksen as President Johnson chats with Hie Senate minority leader at a reception honoring the chief executive In Washington. Glasses fell to the floor but were not broken. (AP Wirephoto) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Johnson, after 38 years in Washington, says there isn't a Democrat or Republican in the capital "mean enough for me to dislike or hate." "I don't hold a thing against anyone in this town that I know, or anywhere else," a smiling and expansive President told a farewell appearance Friday before the National Press Club. Johnson said he is leaving office "with nothing, but gratitude in my heart." The President's hour-long visit at the Press Club was.a meandering trip down nostalgia lane, filled with some seriousness and some jollity, especially when he discussed his sometime hostile relations with the press. He' suggested that the club focus its attention in the near future on the problem of a President's relationship with the news media. The President said he hopes the Democratic Congress will aid President-elect Nixon during the coming years as he, when Senate Democratic leader, cooperated with the Eisenhower administration. If Congress does provide the cooperation, Johnson said, "I believe that they will find it will be the best investment they ever made, not only for their country but for themselves." "President Nixon," Johnson said, "is going to be in this job not just working for President Nixon," Johnson said. "But he is going to be there working for all of us." Johnson said the one thing he regrets as he is about to leave office is his failure to bring peace to Vietnam. But asked if he would make any major decisions differently —such as stepping up the commitment in Vietnam or not to run again—if given a second op- potrunity, Johnson replied: "I am sure I would make a number of decisions differently in the light of five year's experience, although I would not change either of those." SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP) — Illinois' new first family danced, talked and shook hands through three governor's inaugural balls Friday night. Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie, his wife Dorothy and their 13-year- old daughter, Liz, began the evening by being led into' the Springfield Armory by the St. Andrews Society Pipers Band. The piping was a tribute to Ogilvie's Scot ancestry. He was accompanied by Lt. Gov. Paul Simon and Secretary of State Paul Powell. About 8,000 prominent Illinois citizens were in the armory to greet the governor. Mrs. Ogilvie wore a white satin floor length gown with a red jacket and the governor's daughter was decked out in a long pink gown. Also in the armory were Speaker of the House Ralph T. Smith and Senate Majority leader W. Russell Arrington. After an hour of handshaking and greetings from well wishers Ogilvie moved to the capitol tcr downed in combat Authorities said eight Americans' and a Vietnamese woman were killed when an Air America C47 transport plane slammed into a mountain in bad weather 30 miles north of Da Nang. The plane was on a cargo run from Hue to Da Nang when it disappeared Thursday. The wreckage was found today. Ted Kennedy's Home Guarded Afrer Threat (Continued On Page i Col. 8) FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Police established a patrol around the home of Sen. Edward T. (Teddy) Kennedy, D-Mass., after being informed of a threat on his life, authorities reported today. A spokesman for the Fairfax County, Va., police said "there's a patrol car cruising the general area" when asked whether special precautions were being taken to guard the senator, sole survivor of the three Kennedy brothers. The police said they were informed Friday by the Senators' office of a threat on his life. Aesident-elect and Mrs. Spiro i\ Agnew, Smithsonian Museum of History and Technology, 5 8 p.m. By special invitation. Tnaugural Concert, Constitution Hall. 8:30 p.m. Tickets available to public. Monday— The president-elect attends a riayer breakfast at State Department, then journeys to White House where he and Mrs. Nixon have coffee with President and Mrs. Johnson. The I resident-elect and President will ride to the Capitol togedier. C fficial Inauguration ceremony to begin at 11:30 a.m. on east portico of Capitol, with oath-taking about noon. Inaugural ad- dn ss. By special invitation. Nixon will have lunch in the Caoitol with congressional leaders. Inaugural Parade, Capitol Plaza to White House via Pennsylvania Avenue starting 2 p.m. Tickets available to public, parade scheduled for about 2% hours terminating after passing Wnite House reviewing stand. Inaugural balls, Mayflower, Snpraton-Park, Shoreham, Smithsonian Museum of History and Technology, Statler, Washington Hilton, 9 p.m. Tickets available to public. I

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