Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 20, 1969 · Page 1
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TEMPERATURE Saturday high 52, low 33. Sunday high 35, low 30. 7:00 a.m. today 27. Downtown at noon today 44. Ml VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDr BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illinois — Mostly cloudy with slight chance of intermittent light rain or drizzle tonight and Tuesday. Lows tonight mid to upper 30s. Highs Tuesday upper 40s to low 30s. VOLUME XLEX—NO. 94 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 19(>9 40c per Week — SingJe Copy 7c NIXON In Inaugural Address New President Pledges Self To Cause Of Peace WASHINGTON (AP) — President Nixon launched his administration today with a pledge to consecrate His office, "my energies and all the wisdom I can tumrnon, to the cause of peace among nations." For the first time, he said, ' because the people of the world want peace and the leaders are afraid of war, the times are on the side of peace." The problems at home, he said in his inaugural address, are caused .by a crisis of the spirit: "We can build a great cathedral of the spirit—each of us raising it one stone at a time, as he reaches out to his neighbor, helping, caring, doing:" He said his administration will press forward with goals of full employment, better housing, excellence in education and rebuilding the cities, but added, "We are approaching the limits of what government alone can do." The greatest need, he said "is -o- -o- to reach beyond government, to i.nlist the legions of the concerned and the committed." "We have found ourselves rich in goods but ragged in spirit; reaching with magnificent precision for the moon, but falling into raucus discord here on earth," he said. The chief executive said the answer to the crisis will be found in such simple virtues as "goodness, decency, love, kind- npss." In these difficult years, America has suffered from a fever of words" Nixon contended, "from inflated rhetoric that promises more than it could possibly deliver; from angry iiietoric that fans discontents into hatreds, from bombastic rhetoric that postures instead of persuading." "We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another—until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices," he added. At the same time, Nixon seemed to hint that portions of President Johnson's Great Society programs will be continu- ued. He promised to "press urgently forward" toward such goals as rebuilding cities, providing better housing, strengthening education, protecting the environment and seeking full employment. Citing his inaugural motto, Nixon said all must go forward together if any is to advance. "No man can be fully free while his neighbor is not," he said. "This means black and white logether as one nation, not two," the President declared. 'The laws have caught up with our conscience. What remains is to give light to what is in the law: to ensure at last that all (Continued On Page 2 Col. 4) Thirty-Eight Die SECOND LA. JET PLUNGES INTO OCEAN LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the bottom of the storm-tossed Pacific today lay the battered wreckage of a U.S. jetliner in which 38 persons died. A mile away rests the hull of a European jet in which 11 are entombed. Aboard the United Air Lines Boeing 727 when it crashed Saturday night after take off for Denver, Colo., and Milwaukee, Wis., were a theology school president, a college coed, the parents of six Wisconsin youngsters and one of United's four "Flying Le Roys." One body was recovered from the jet fuel-stained waters around the crash site. Searchers also found scraps of the fuselage and mail sacks in the waters cut by sharks' fins. Heavy seas and rain hampered search operations Sunday. "He was a wonderfully human man," said a friend of Dr. Lo(Continued On Page 2 Col. 5) Hickel Is Last SENATE CONFIRMS NIXON'S CABINET Jeer, Throw Stones Marchers Mar Agnew Reception WASHINGTON (AP) — Antiwar demonstrators trying to push their way onto President Nixon's inaugural parade route were forced back today by po- lic-men armed with nightsticks and tear gas equipment. After remaining out of sight during the mid-day ceremony at the Capitol that made Nixon the new President, about 1,000 youths appeared suddenly along the parade route near the White House about an hour before the parade began. The police quickly formed a barrier and kept the youths from breaking through. Four were arrested and police said other arrests probably would be made. Tne youths moved inl!p the pa- l'ade area from a park five blocks away. Earlier, when Nixon rode to the Capitol to take the oath of office, the demonstrators were hardly in evidence. Where 5,000 youths had marched the day before, only about 40 were gathered on a street corner as Nixon and outgoing President Johnson drove past in their bubble-topped limousine trailed by Secret Service cars. Nixon gave the group only the briefest glance and Johnson looked tlie other way. A feeble chant of "Peace Now" followed the. car, but died quickly. In their counter-parade Sunday, however, the youthful pro- continued On Page 2 Col. 7) Coffee 'Shop Opens Wednesday Open 20 Units Of New Ramada Inn Here Today A Smart man will manage Mt. Vernon's newest motel, Ramada Inn. It was announced at the chamber of commerce today that Thomas E. Smart, Jr., had been engaged by Ralph Gray to manage the 115 unit Ramada Inn at the western edge of the city near the Interstate 57 interchange. Twenty untis of the motel were opened today as other units were being rushed to completion. The coffee shop and dining room will be opened Wednesday, according to Manager Smart. Smart's home town is Marion, although he has been residing of late years in Carbondale, where he owns a home and where Mrs. Smart has been employed at Blyer's ladies shop for 27 years. Smart managed a Kroger grocery store 12 years at Marion and then for three years, or until last November, operated his own grocery, Mr. Ed Big Star, in Marion. The Smarts have a son and a daughter, both married and each with three children. Smart told the chamber today that Mike Meeker would serve the Ramada as head chef and Charles Powell would be in charge of liquid refreshments. Meeker was chef at Holiday Inn Carbondale, the past three years. Powell comes to the Ramada here from the Paducah, Ky. Ramada Inn. The chamber said that a grand opening of Ramada Inn would be held Feb. 16 when the chamber's good will ambassadors will hold a ribbon cutting program. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Interior Committee approved today, by a 14-3 vote, the controversial nomination of Gov. Walter J. Hickel of Alaska as secretary of the interior in the Nixon administration. The endorsement, hard won by Hickel in five days of committee scrutiny, came less than two hours before ^he presidential inauguration of Richard M. Nixon. The other 11 new Cabinet members had won declared or tacit approval of various Senate committees without major difficulty last week. Most appointments were due to go to the floor for confirmation today. Chairman Henry M. Jackson, D-Wash., of the Interior Committee said the committee still had to complete the record on Hickel's financial interests, which were a key point during extended committee deliberations. The governor has promised to divest himself of all holdings that could raise a conflict of interest, Jackson said. The committee had been ex- pecied to act over the weekend, but announced after a closed session Saturday that it had asked Hickel for a statement pledging he did not hold any oil or gas leases in his home state. The action followed three days of hearings last week during which the controversial Hickel apparently convinced the committee that his views on water pollution and conservation were in line with most of its members. Remarks made by Hickel after his appointment was an noi meed had been widely interpreted as indicating a proindUs- try approach to both problems The governor, however, who has made millions in Alaska estate, told the committee he had been misunderstood. He also pledged to leave in effect for at least two years an Interior Department'freeze on leasing of federal lands in Alaska. The department imposed the freeze to allow settlement of claims by natives threatened by a land rush since discovery of Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) Do You Know Who's Who In The News? Do the names Adam Clayton Powell, Michel Debre, and Neil Armstrong start you thinking about, interesting news stories? If you read the daily news, you probably now who these men are, and why they got news coverage. Our weekly Quiz is a fun way to keep tab on your "who's who in the news" knowledge. See how you score today by taking the Quiz OQ Page 5-A with answers on Page 6-A. The News Quiz-is one of the VEC Instructional Materials sponsored by The Register- News as part of its "Living Textbook" Program for participating area schools 'RESIDENT Sees Crisis* Of Spirit Can't Learn Until We Stop Shouting At Each Other WASHINGTON (AP) - Rich- j Ex-Peddler Is VP DIRKSEN GIVES 0ATK TO AGNEW President Richard Milhous Nixon and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew Inauguration At A Glance Shelby Terry Clark Writes From Vietnam McLeansboro Gl Says Thanks For "Ditty Bag II Mt. V. Council Acts Tonight On Water Rate Cut Mt. Vernon councilmen will make it official tonight that water rates will be cut 10 per cent on May 1. Second reading and adoption of an ordinance providing for the rate reduction is on the agenda for night's session at city hall. The council also' plans to reduce water rates another 10 per cent in May, 1970 if it is financially possible. In other action the council is expected to lease more property on the Lake Miller and to' consider a street lighting.con­ tract with the Illinois Power Ctomjpahy. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Downey of Route 1, Opdyke, were among Jefferson county citizens who sent Christmas "ditty bag" gifts to soldiers in Vietnam this winter. Tlie other day they got a letter from the GI who received their gift ,and learned that he lives only 20 miles from their home. The letter, Expressing appreciation for the gift, came from Sp-4 Shelby Terry Clark of Mc- ly-ansboro, whose address is 1st Infantry Division, 1st Admin. Co. (AG), APO San Francisco, Calif. 96345. . "It was one of the nicest letters we have ever received," said Mr, Downy. Here is the soldier's letter: "Dear Mr. and Mrs. Downey. "Merry Christmas to you and your family on the Christmas holidays. I was very grateful to receive your Red Cross pack- continued On Page 2 Col. 2) WASHINGTON (AP) — Here, in brief, is the schedule of inauguration day ceremonies. Times are eastern standard: President-elect and Mrs. Nixon attend a prayer breakfast at the State Department, 9:30. The Nixon family arrives at the White House, 10:30. The Nixons, Johnson and various party leaders leave tlie White House at 1.1:10 and reach the Capitol at 11:20. Inauguration ceremonies begin at the Capitol at 11:30 with Nixon's swearing-in about noon. President Nixon and Vice President Agnew lunch at the Capitol with congressional leaders, 1:00. The presidential party leaves the Capitol at 2:00, just in advance of the inaugural parade, and reaches the White House at 2:30. President Nixon reviews the parade from outside the White House from 2:30 until 4:15 and then returns to the White House. The Nixons leave the White House at 9:20 and, starting at 9:30, pay brief visits to inaugural balls at the Smithsonian Institution, the Shoreham, Sheraton Park, Washington Hilton, Mayflower and Statler- Hilton Hotels. ^ arcl .Millions Nixon, shielded by tlie tightest security ever do-1 vised for an inauguration, today! became the 37th president of n i notion ho s.iid faces "a crisis of; the spirit." ! In a pageant almost as old as | the Republic, tlie California gro-l cer's son repeated the trad'.- 1 thin-hallowed presidential oath! and accepted the power and the | agony of the office that eluded I him eight years age. j And afterward, in his pro-iT WASHINGTON (AP) — Spiro Agnew. who helped his Greek pared inaugural address, Nixon said the nation is "rich in goods but ragged in spirit; reachinr with magnificent precision for the moon, but falling into raucous discord here on earth." Such simple virtues as "goodness, decency, love, kindness." are the answer to tlie crisis of spirit, Nixon said. "We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at: one another," he said. Nixon assumed tlie office by reciting only 35 words. "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United Stales," the 56-year-old Nixon intoned, his hand resting on two family Bibles held by his wife, Pat. "And will, to tlie best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,"' he repeated after Chief Justice Earl Warren, a one-time political foe administering the oath for the fourth and probably last time. Before Nixon took the oath his vice president, Spiro T. Agnew, was sworn in by Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen. The historic tableau was played out on a stand before the Capitol, its participants shielded on three sides by broad panes of bulletproof glass and guarded above by armed federal agents scanning the crowds with special wide-angle devices. As the totems of power passed from Lyndon Johnson to Richard Nixon, from Democrat to Republican, from "Great Society" to "Forward Together" helicopters carrying Secret Servicemen hovered in the leaden skies nearby. Capital streets, lined with more than 10,000 soldiers and stands where victorious Republicans jostled with antiwar protestors, were damp from three days of rain. In outlying areas of the capital armed National Guardsmen patrolled with city police. Mingling in the downtown crowds were plainclothes experts from Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. From a hospital bed a scant, three miles from the inaugural scene, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent a message urging his countrymen to unite behind the man who served him as. vice president for eight years. "The nature of the next four years is in the hands of all the people," said Eisenhower who is making a slow recovery at Walter Reed Army Hospital from his seventh heart attack. "No longer are we partisans in a presidential campaign," said Eisenhower. "Now we are Americans together." Tlie 77-year-old general, stricken by his last attack just hours after urging tlie Republican National Convention to nominate Nixon, ended his message with Nixon's inaugural theme: "Forward together." The two inaugural Bibles, held one atop the other by Mrs. Nixon, are family heirlooms dating to 1828 and 1873. Perhaps in recognition of tlie darkest issue dividing the nation, the Vietnam War, Nixon decided to have the two brown leather Bibles open at tlie second chapter, fourth verse of Isaiah, which says: "And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords intd plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up . sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." Tourists taking m tlie sights gaped at 150 or so protesters who, joining hands, did a swing- immigrant father hawk vegetables on Baltimore streets during the Depression, look the oath of office today to become tlie nation's 39th vice president. Senate Republican Leader Everett M. Dirksen administered the oath in the sonorous tones for which he is noted, minutes before Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as president. Agnew's hand rested on his eldest daughter Pamela's white-covered, King James version Bible. It was opened at the 100th Psalm- Ihe vice president's favorite -which reads in part: "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord." The 50-year-old Agnew, whose father's name was Anagnosto- poulos, rose to the nation's second highest elected office from Baltimore County executive, then governor of Maryland. He was the first man since Henry Wallace in 1940 to become vice president without serving in Congress, aides said. ing maypole dance around the Washington monument chanting "Ho.Ho.Ho Chi Minn; NFL is gonna win." Nixon arrived in tlie Capital from New York about two hours after the demonstration got under way. But the Secret Service carefully routed his motorcade around the "counter-inaugural" parade. Nixon got a standing ovation, punctuated with whistles and cheers, Sunday night as he made his first public inaugural appearance—at a Constitutional Hall concert. Washington hotels and motels were packed with out of towners arriving by car, plane, bus and trains. City fathers figured 100,000 visitors were on hand Sunday night. They expected 2 million to turn out for the parade barring bad weather. Seats Sold Out All the major Inaugural events were sold out. All 35,000 seats for the parade —most of them bleacher perches that went for $4 to $25—were sold out for tlie first time since Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon's Inauguration in 1953. Six Inauguurul Balls All the tickets were gone for the concert and the six inaugural balls scattered from tlie Smithsonian Institution and five Washington hotels. The new President and Mrs. Nixon have promised to drop in at all the balls and viewed the parade from an enclosed white pavilion— warmed by electric heaters and shielded by bulletproof glass—erected just outside the White House fence. Johnson Writes Prayer Attending his last. Sunday church service as president, Johnson heard a prayer he had written himself asking for world peace. Dr. George R. Davis, minister of the National City Christian Church read the prayer which he said had been written by the President. It included these lines: « "May we, as a nation, deserve no enemies and be worthy of all our friends, striving without ceasing for a day when mankind shall not know war anymore." Johnson attended the . service with his wife, two daughters and evangelist, Dr. Billy Graham, also a friend of Nixon's, who gave the inougural prayer. SKID CAUSES DEATH GLADSTONE, 111. (AP) — Brendan Stokes, 20, of rural Oquawka died late Sunday night, when the car he was driving skidded off a rural blacktop east of Gladstone. Police said the car struck a patch of ice a curva

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