Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 23, 1969 · Page 1
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Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Thursday, January 23, 1969
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TEMPERATURE Wednesday high 52, low 10. Rainfall Wednesday .17. ,7:00 !Mii. today 50. Downtown al noon today 01. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDI- BJREA 1 ' OF CIRCULATION VOLUME XLIX—NO. 07 SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE ^I0UxT - VERN6N .""li .LIN0is, THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 1969 A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illinois — Travelers warnings. Cold wave tonight. Rain changing to sleet then to light snow and ending tonight; Tonight's low 8 to 18. Friday Intermittent light snow, high in the 20s. 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c SHOTS AT COSMONAUTS Tornadoes Kill 21 In Mississippi 196 YANK WAR DEATHS LAST WEEK SAIGON (AP) —' The U.S. Command announced today that 196 Americans were killed in action in Vietnam last week, the highest weekly toll since mid- December. Headquarters also reported the loss of two more U.S. Air Force fighter-bombers over South Vietnam, raising to five the number of American warplanes shot down over the South in the past three days. Five of the six crewmen aboard the five planes were rescued. The other was killed. Spokesmen said the five losses were the heaviest three-day toll over South Vietnam in more than seven months. The latest Ky Leaves For Talks In Paris SAIGON (AP) — Vice Presi- tent Nguyen Cao Ky left for Paris today to supervise the Saigon government's delegation at the Vietnam peace talks. He said he was "very hopeful" that the conference would be successful eventually. Ky said he had new instructions from President Nguyen Van Thieu but declined to reveal their nature. "I am very hopeful, as usual," he told newsmen. Asked how soon he thought there would be some results from the conference, the vice president said: "I don't think we'll have quick results, but we'll try," losses raised to 335 the number of U.S.: waxplanes shot down in combat over South Vietnam during the war. While American casualties moved up last week, so did those of the South Vietnamese military and the enemy. Government headquarters announced that 292 South Vietnamese troops were killed in action during the seven-day period ending at midnight Saturday, their highest death toll in more than three months. Enemy casualties also hit their highest mark since last November. Allied spokesmen reported 2,420 enemy troops were killed in fighting last week. Hundreds of Clashes The U.S. Command said that while there have been no major actions since the first of the year, there have been hundreds of small fights that caused mounting casualties. The lull in major ground fighting persisted today. U.S. and South Vietnamese headquarters Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) HAZLEHURST, Miss. (AP) — A series of tornadoes knifed across centra) Mississippi early today, killing at least 21 persons and injuring scores. ' One twister carved a half-mile swath through Hazlehurst, 30 miles south of Jackson, and searchers reported eight dead and several injured. The Mississippi Highway Patrol reported seven killed in Simpson County between Mendenhall and Harrisville, east of Hazlehurst. Hospitals at Hazlehurst and Mendenhall were reported filled and victims of the tornadoes were being sent to hospitals in Jackson. The ' violent storm touched down a mile south\ of Hazelhurst at 6:30 a.m. CST and cut a destructive swath one mile Ion? and one half mile wide. j The U.S. Weather Bureau is- j sued a tornado warning for a! large portion of central Missis- 1 sippi and said a tornado was j spotted in the Mendenhall-D'Lo area about 40 miles east-northeast of here. Coroner's Jury Give Homicide Verdict In Local Shooting Death Art all-Negro' coroner's jury returned a verdict of intentional homicide at an inquest into a shooting death here last night. Victim, of the shooting was-Mrs. Mary, Lee 'James, 40. of 1215 Cherry street. Alex Johnson, 50, of 1015 Bell street, is being held in the county jail on a murder charge. Bond has been set at $40,000. Mrs. James was shot to death on the night of January 10, near the Sportsman Tavern on south Tenth street. The inquest was conducted at the court house last night by Coroner John Richardson and State's Attorney Frank Walker. NAB MURDER SUSPECT AT ST. ELMO EFFINGHAM, 111. (AP) — A 31-year-old former mental patient from Amherst, N.Y., was captured today by county and state police and is being held in connection with the deaths of his parents —Jan. 12. Sheriff A.P. Ditter of Effingham County said the man is Joseph Fitzsimmons who Ditter said related that he killed his mother with a karate blow to the esophagus and his father with blows to his head. Sheriff Ditter said Fitzsimmons was captured at a motel in nearby St. Elmo after an Amherst bank notified police it had been instructed to send Fitzsimmons' bank balance of ?100.86 to the motel's address. Sheriff Ditter, accompanied by State Trooper Don 'Sanders, spotted the Fitzsimmons family car at the Altamont Motel and questioned Fitzsimmons who surrendered voluntarily. The sheriff said Fitzsimmons, a karate expert, became a prime suspect in the deaths of his mother, Pearl, 67, and father, William, 64, when he disappeared. The bodies of his parents were discovered Jan. 21, Sheriff Ditter said. Capt. Kenneth Braun and Lt. John Carr of the Amherst Police Department arrived by plane today and questioned Fitzsimmons who, they said, calmly described .how he killed his parents. Fitzsimmons served two years in the Army and was honorably discharged. Sheriff Ditter said Fitzsimmons struck his father another time and" was committed to a mental institution for three months. "Fitzsimmons is scheduled to be arraigned today before Circuit Judge Jack; Michaelree in Effingham. j Sheriff Ditter 'said Fitzsimmons indicated he will waive extradition for his return to Amherst, N.Y. Kremlin Incident ATTACK IS HUSHED UP 24 HOURS NIXON CABINET AT FIRST MEETING—President Nixon holds first meeting "with his cabinet at White House. From lefl, clockwise: Budget Director Robert Mayo; Secretary of health. Education and Welfare Robert Finch; Interior Secretary-designate Walter Hickel; Treasury Secretary David Kennedy; Vice President Spiro Agnew; Attorney General John Mitchell; Commerce Secretary Maurice Stans; Transportation Secretary John Volpe; UN Ambassador Charles Yost; Labor Secretary George Schultz; Postmaster General Winton Blount; Secretary of State William Rogers; President Nixon; Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird; Secretary of Agriculture Clifford Hardin; Secrelary of Housing atfd Urban Development George Romney; and Arthur Burns, presidential advisor. , (AP Wirophoto) MOSCOW (AP) — A mentally unbalanced young man fired into a motorcade carrying two top leaders of the Soviet Union and its space heroes Wednesday as it passed near the Kremlin gates, the Foreign Ministry said today. A chauffeur and an escort on a motorcycle were wounded. Cosmonaut Georgy Beregevoy was cut by flying glass. The gunman was captured immediately, the Foreign Ministry said. It was not clear whether the gunman was aiming at; the cosmonauts or Communis! party chief Leonid I. Brezhnev and President Nikolai V. Podgorny who were in another limousine behind the space heroes. The shooting took place before more than a thousand onlookers at the entrance to the Kremlin, but it was hushed up for nearly For Power Plant Fuel Carter Oil To Mine Coal Near Carlinville HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) — The Carter Oil Co. announced Wednesday a subsidiary will begin mining operations in late 1970 in Illinois. G.W. Shipley, Carter president, said the new subsidiary, Monterey Coal Co., will have its officse in Carlinville, 111., and Houston. Carter was activated last year as a wholly-owned subsidiary to handle mining operations of the Humble Oil & Refining Co., the domestic operator for the Standard Oil Co. (New Jersey). R. H. Quenon, president of Montirey, said the Illinois mine site will be about five miles south of Carlinville and will supply coal to the Commonwealth Edison Co. of Chicago. He said Commonwealth Edison "will use the coal in Will County, Illinois, power generating plants. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in late 1970 and oMnterey plans to supply about three million tons a year to the power companies. The deliveries will be made at Havana, HI., from where they will be barged to Edison stations. Quenon said the mine's three- million-ton capacity—will make it one of the larger underground mines in the United States. Construction is to begin next spring. The plant will employ «more than 300 people. 4th E. St. L Massacre Victim Dies EAST ST. LOUIS, 111. (AP)A New York City youth died Wednesday night of gunshot wounds suffered in a gangland- style shooting that killed three of his companions and wounded three others. Max A. Robinson, i9, and six other members of a traveling magazine sales crew were forced out of their vehicle Monday night and shot down a street corner by six or seven men. One victim said he heard someone shout, "Mighty War Lords." One of the salesmen died at the scene and two others a few hours later. Charles "Swede" Jeffries. 22, said to be the leader of a militant youth gang which calls itself the War Lores, was charged Tuesday with three counts of murder. Police said Robinson and the other wounded tentatively identified a photograph of Jeffries as one of their assailants. The Rev. Keith Davis, a Lutheran minister close to the militants, said Wednesday he believes Jeffries and the War Lords are innocent. The minister said black militants were searching East St.. Louis for "the real assassins." Police said their information indicates the mass shooting may have come about because some members of the magazine crew spoke to young ladies described as "the War Lords' girls." Head Wound Fatal Red Neglect Is Blamed In Gl's Death WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. Army autopsy blames medical bumblings by the Viet Cong fcr the death of an American sol'lier nearly three weeks after the enemey freed him, it has bwn learned. 1 Spec. 4 James W. Brigham Jr. ' on of three American soldiers j released by the Vietcong to an I American military team on New ; Year's Day, died at the Army's j Walter Reed General Hospital I Jan. 17. : The Viol Cong radio lias claimed that the 21-ycar-old: j Brigham, of Ocala, Fla. was J i "assassinated because the Unit-. ed States did not want him to ,(011 the truth about the Vietnam war to the Negro population." Brigham was reported to have bf.en given head surgery for a , battle wound during the three.' New President Tours White House NIXON CALLS TALKS ON CRISIS IN CITIES SATELLITE LOUNCHED (Continued On Page 2 Col. 41 DEATH IN FOG FKANKFORT. 111. (AP) - Fnd Jepson, 42, of Helbrook, was fatally injured Wednesday w '-icn his auto collided in dense fog with a train at a crossing on Illinois- 43. ••-c Jerry And Terry King Healthy, Happy Mt. V. Twins Home From 13 Months Of Combat Duty JERRY AND TERRY KING, twin brothers wlio went to Vietnam together 1.3 months ago, •arrived • buck home this week, healthy and happy and with honorable discharges in their pock- j els. Jerry is at left, Terry at light. V K, Two Mt. Vernon twins are "happy at home" today after 13 months of rugged combat in Vietnam with the U.S. Mar- rines. They are Cpl. Terry and Pfc. Jerry King , 19- year- old sons of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton L. King of 2900 Apple and former Register-News carrier boys. Terry and Jerry arrived in . the states January 12, safe and sound after a year and a month of combat war service. They got home to Mt. Vernon day before yesterday, with their honorable discharges in their, pockets and happy grins on their faces. "It was a rough 13 months," the young Ex - Marines said, and Mt. Vernon sure looks good after Vietnam." Although they took part in heavy fighting and in several tough campaigns neither of the King brothers was wounded. "A lot of Marines in pur out- 1 . fit were killed but all of our close buddies came through all right," they said. During one heavy period of conibajjj Terry's company of 172 men'was reduced to 41 by casualties. That was in the Allenbrook Operation in the summer of 1968. Jerry's company also suffered heavy losses during some of its major combat missions. Raided By Tiger Jerry recalls like it was yesterday a terrible night when a wild tiger attacked and killed one of the Marines in his outfit. "We had set up an ambush for Viet Cong along a stream bed that night," King said. "There was not u sound in the night until we heard the yell oi our fellow Marine. The tiger had stalked him so quietly that none of us heard it. We searched "until 2:00 a.m. but could not find the Marine. After daybreak we found his body, behind a bush on a nearby hill." Terry and Jerry joined the Marines together in July of 1967, a month after they graduated together at Mt. Vernon high school. Terry was employed, in the Register- News circulation department at the time. 47 Fatalities California Cleaning Up After Rain OJAI, Calif. (AP) — Along the debris-choked banks of Sespe Creek, the clearing sky disclosed a young boy's body . . . then the bodies of two more .. . then the lifeless forms of a sheriff's deputy and a forest ranger. It was feared five more would be found dead today. These were the lost part of six young hikers, their adOlt leader and three men who tried tragically to rescue them from the rain-flooded area. A survivor of the group, Scott Eckersley, 28, told authorities that he was washed ashore after Heavy Rainfall, Warm Weather In King City Many Mt. Vernon residents wore awakened early this morning by a thunderstorm which swept through most of southern Illinois. According to local weather observer Howard Heaney, Mt. Vernon received .47 of an inch of rain last night. This brings the total rainfall lor the month to 1.68 inches. The heaviest rain of the month was recorded on the 18th when .73 inches fell in the King City. Average rainfall in Ml. Vernon during January is 3.27 inches. The storm was followed this morning by warm, spring- like weather. Last night's low was recorded at 40 degrees. It was 50 at 7 a.m. today and 64 at noon. The high Wednesday was 52. Heaney said the average temperature in January is 33.4 degrees. a bulldozer stalled as they had attempted to cross the swift stream late Monday. Elsewhere, as skies dried over California, heavy property and crop damage was counted. Southern California's storm damage was estimated at §3 MOSCOW (AP) — The Soviet 261, en unmanned satellite designed for spnee research of an undisclosed nature. 24 hours. Official confirmation of the incident came only after WASHINGTON iAPI — Presi- newsmen asked government dent Nixon assembled his new j spokesmen for details. .Urban Affairs Council today to| A foreign ministry official i discuss the crises in America 's j said the gunman was "schizo- • cities and as the first order of j phrenic." business signed an executive or- The attack reportedly oc- ider creating the panel. as the motorcade ap- I „„. •.. • • - proached the Kremlin 's Borovit- Nixon used_ a succession of £ • 2 ^ pens during the ceremony «„d * m ^ cflr joked about the difficulty of L d bQf m e procession were the signing his name one snta fQur cosmonaUts M honored stroke at a time. The pens will * ^ successful nignts in So _ be distributed as mementoes "My name is not long enough,",Nixon said. "This is a first for me. This is going to be Ihe most illegible signature. I'm a scrawlcr." Members of the eight-man council, which includes half of the Cabinet, stood behind Nixon as the President, seated at the Cabinet table, signed the order. Nixon wound up his White House day as a tourist in his new home. The curator and chief usher of the White House took the President and his family on a foui of the executive mansion. Nixon 'envisions that panel as the domestic counterpart of die National Security Council planning and implementing efforts to deal with big city problems. Its first session, presumably was set up as- largely procedural, for the naming of staff members to conduct its day-to-day work, including sociologist Daniel P. Moynihan, assistant to the President for urban affairs. Atty, Gen. John N. Mitchell, Secretary of Labor George P. Shultz, Secretary of Agriculture yuz 4 and Soyuz 5—Vladimir Shatalov, Boris Volynov, Yevgeny Khrunov and Alexei Yeli- seyev. The gunman, described as a young man, was reportedly seized by bystanders and turned over to the police. The progress of the motorcade from the airport through the city to the Kremlin was shown on television, but the shooting was not broadcast. The source said Soviet authorities kept it quiet in order not to detract from the heroes' reception given to the four cosmo- (Continued On Page 2 Col. 5) Bride Used To Be A Man CHARLESTON. S.C. (AP) The newlywed Mrs. John Paul Simmons, who changed her sex from male to female through a series of operations says she is hopeful of having children The former Dawn. Pepita Lan- O..U.U.. o^-xcai -y ui agriculture i f le y Ha » was Wednes- Clifford M. Hardin, Secretary of' da y n»ghtto John Paul Sim- Housing and Urban Development George Romney. Secre- tai-y of Transportation John A. Volpe, and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew also will be regular council members. mons, a Negro and her former steward. Before the sex-change surgery, Dawn Pepita Langley Hall was Gordon Langley Hall, British-born free-lance writer and adopted child of the British were 47 storm-related (Continued on Page 3-A Col. 3) I (Continued On Page £Col. 8) million. There deaths. The storm turbulence was blamed for light plane crash in which three Texans died on a mountainside near Banning. At least 29 traffic deaths in southern California were caused by the storm, authorities said. In the foothills of Angeles National Forest, northeast of Los Angeles, 15 homes were destroyed by floods and rockslides in the Azusa-Glendora area. Muck Fills Houses More than 90 other homes were damaged as overnight floodwaters from mountains •HJL 'l 'H i '-"•>'*»' A Nixon meeting Wednesday aL ' u ' ess Dame Margaret Ruther- with Secretary of the Treasury * 0 "!- „, David M. Kennedy produced a' Tne new Mrs. Simmons gives pledge that the new administra- l J? r agc as 3L Her husband is tion will contain "inherited in- , flationary pressures that are se- The Ba P Ust ceremony was riously distorting the economy performed at the bride s home and financial markets." . by the Rev. William Singleton, Kennedy said the Nixon ad- assistant pastor of Shiloh Ame ministration will "try to get. (African Methodist Episcopal) through tiiis by taking just the chureh in Charleston The cou- steam out of the boiler, the high P le will trawl to England to re- i marry in the Church of Eng(Continued On Page 2 Col. 4) land. Disrupted For An Hour Dix-Kell Testing Cuts Off North Mt. V. Water Many homes in north Mt. Vernon were without, water for at loasi an hour last night, during a test by Dix- Kell water system engineers of a new con- rol system for pumping water , to the Dix water tower. i Wilbur Jones, superintendent of the city's water maintenance department, said that the test caused city mains 10 lose so much- pressure that only drib- i bios of water came from faucets at north Mt. Vernon homes. Jones said he contacted the engineers for the Dix- Kell system and they said they did not replize that the testing would effect the city mains to such a degree. 'The water pressure in north Mt. Vernon mains dropped from the normal 80 pounds to 15 pounds," Jones said. The engineers did not notify the' city that the testing was to be done last night. Supt. Jones saici that the engineers told him today they would give him advance notice in the future when testing is done, so it can be accomplished during before- daylight hours wisen little water is ysed in Ihei town.

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