Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 24, 1969 · Page 1
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Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Friday, January 24, 1969
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TEMPERATURE > Thursday high 58, tow 40. Rainfall Thursday .34. ^7:00 a.rt. today 18. ,' Downtown at noon today 25. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDI T BUREAH OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL —SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illino's — Generally fair tonight and Saturday; Continued rather cold. The low tonight zero to 10 above. The high Saturday in the teens and 20s. V.OLUME XL1X—NO- 98 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1969 NIXON TO RUSH 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c PROPOSALS BEFORE SHOTS RANG OUT—Cosmonauts of Soynz 4 and Soyuz 5 stand in their open auto during a rousing welcome in Moscow which climaxed when someone fired a series of. pistol shots at their motorcade as it entered the Kremlin. Informed Soviet sources said a chauffeur and a motorcycle policeman were injured and that a cosmonaut in another car was hurt by lying glass. Cosmonauts, from left, are Col. Vladimir A. Shalalov, Alcksei S. Yeliseyev, Col. Yevgeny V. Khrunov and Col. (AP Wirephoto by cable from Moscow) Boris V. Volynov. Leonov Tells Of Shooting MOSCOW (API — Cosmonaut: Alexci Leonov today gavo the first public eyewitness account of the shooting at the Kremlin • that wounded two persons in a | motorcade carrying the newest j space heroes and Soviet loaders. \ He hacked the official version j that the leaders were not shot j at. I Leonov told a .news confer-! ence that an "unknown person: took several shots" at the lim- j ousine Wednesday in which he was riding with three other cos-! monauts—George Beregovoy, I Valentina Nikolayev-Tereshko- 1 va and her husband, Andrian \ Nikolayev. Only the lead car carrying the four new space heroes, who flew Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5, was open, making it impossible to see with certainty who sat inside the others. The gunman could have thought he was firing at Communist party leader Leonid I. Brezhnev and President Nikolai V. Podgorny, who were actually further back in the procession. Leonov addressed, journalists at the news conference, devoted primarily to the latest. Soviet space success. BUCHERS ARRIVE—Rose Bucher arrives with Iter himhand. USS Pueblo skipper Lloyd M. Buchcr, who testified for the third day before a Court of Inquiry In Coronado, Ciilif., into tin; North Korean capture of the ship and crew. (AP Wirephoto) 18 Injured On 36th Floor At Chicago 999th U.S. LUXURY HIGHRISE FIRE KILLS FOUR HELICOPTER SHOT DOWN CHICAGO (AP) — Four persons were killed and 18 injured in a fire which broke out on an upper floor of a highrise apartment building on Lake Shore Drive early today. More than 1,000 residents of the building overlooking Lake AMBphigan .were evacuated. after., flames erupted in an apartment on the 36th floor of the 40-story Hawthorne House. Hospital officials said the four- persons who died apparently suffered from smoke inhalation. -o- -o- -o- Eight firemen who entered the burning building were among the injured treated for smoke inhalation. Chief Fire Marshal Curtis Valkamer estimated damage at. $50,000. He said the blaze was confined to the 36th floor. .The cause of the fire was undetermined. Three of the dead were identified as Gerald R. Fitzgerald, Anna Peterson and David Shef- flin. Police were attempting to -o- -o- -o- determine if the fourth victim was Alan Peterson, the husband of the woman who died. Firemen and policemen searched the burned-out section of tl-.e 36th floor of the 40-story Hawthorne House for other possible victicms. Fight "policemen were" among'' those treated for injuries or smoke inhalation. All the dead were residents of the building. Flames broke out around 1 :.">n a.m. in a 36th-floor apartment and forced several hundred occupants of the one-year-old liu lding to flee to the lobby and ti nearby garage. Cause of the fire was not immediately determined. One man, not identified, suf- 'fertd a heart attack and died bfTer"~6scaping' the flames and smoke. Policemen were sent into the in:lding after the fire was struck out to guard against loot- ; SAIGON Command (API —• The U.S. announced today Tried Suicide j Bucher Forced To Confess CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — Cabinet Rank NAME BURNS WHITE HOUSE STAFF CHIEF WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon hopes to start send- i ing "a significant legislative i program" to Congress within I several weeks, according to the : President's newly named chief White House staff member. ! The statement from Arthur F. ; Burns gave added substance to j other indications that Nixon in- j tends to present the Democratic ! 91st Congress with an ambitious ! legislative program as soon as ' possible, perhaps by March. Burns, an economist and "longtime friend and trusted ad| visor" was named by Nixon ! Thursday as councilor to the ! President with cabinet rank, the | only White House staff member with that status. ; Burns, whose chief responsi- I bility will be development of \ domestic policies and programs, said he already has submitted two reports to Nixon on potential legislative proposals or ex| ecutive actions, j A decision yet to be reached is i how and exactly when Nixon I will make his legislative propos• als. If the president decides on ' a special State of the Union message it probably will come within 30 or 40 days, Burns said. The alternative would be a series of special messages. The other indications that medical evacuation' helicopter The captain of the Pueblo says | Nixon wants to get his proposals ' ' to Congress as soon as possible Fire Disables Ship In Pacific With 986 Passengers On 115 Cases Off Docket Here Fire Martyr CZECHS FILE PAST COFFIN PRAGUE (AP) .— Thousands of sobbing, wailing Czechoslovaks filed past the closed coffin of Jan Palach today. The coffin of Palach, who set himself afire for the cause of freedom, rested alongside a statue of Jan Aus, who died at the stake in defense of truth in 1415. Ouge crowds gathered in narrow Zelezny Ulice, the Ironmongers' Street, to enter the main building of Charles University where the coffin rested. Members of the university faculty stood near the catafalque. A youth opened a Bible and began reading, started sobbing uncontrollably and had to be helped away by companions. A roughly dressed old man sobbed and wrung his hat. Small children knelt and placed flowers near the coffin, adding their tiny offerings to a profusion of floral wreaths. i • The 21-year-old university stu- Rend College Bids Okayed The Illinois Building Authority Thursday approved low bids tot­ alling $2,721,772 for construction of the first phase of the new Rend Lake College south of Ina. Low bids approved by the IBA included: Lipps Construction Co., Mt. Vernon, general contract — $1,725,009. H & H Plumbing. Mt. Vernon, plumbing and sewering — $215,803. Harrison F. Blades, Decatur, electrical work — $262,620. Allied School Equipment, Springfield, gymnasium equipment — $21,735. | NEW YORK (AP) — Agents, for the Fairseas, a Liberian- 1 owned vessel adrift 900 miles off the coast of Panama with 986 passengers, said today the company would have the ship towed j to Balboa if it.could not continue ! "on its own steam." j In New York, A. S. Price, gen- j eral manager of Navcot Cor., j the agent, said he had no report j on the progress of repairs on the ships engine, disabled by fire, but that "by the end of the day it may be proceeding on its own steam." The Coast Guard, however, Board STATE'S ATTORNEY EXPLAINS DISMISSALS was shot down in the central 1 highlands killing seven and i bringing the war's total of choppers lost in combat to 999., The command also belatedly announced that a helicopter shot down Jan. 15 south of Da Nang killed Col. Michael M. Spark, 41, Alexandria, Va., commander of the 3rd Marine Division's 3rd Regiment. Six others, including a Marine officer, died with him in the flaming crash. Spark was the first Marine regimental commander killed in Vietnam. The medical evacuation helicopter was downed Thursday in he confessed to spying after blood-chilling mental torture, and then tried to drown himself in a bucket of water. "Tears streaming, " his voice breaking with anguish, Cmflr. Lloyd M. Bucher told a Navy court of inquiry Thursday that North Koreans finally broke him by theatening 16 shoot his Nixon Stops Band Salute WASHINGTON (AP) — President Nixon dispensed with the crewmen one-by-one in front of j f' a - v i, n ? "f the famed "Hail to 1 the Chief" and ruffles and flour- him — and summoning the youngest sailor and saying they would start with him. Bucher's account of the terror ended—at least for now—his public appearances. He strode King Aide Visits Ray To Offer Help MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A top aide to' slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has paid a jail cell visit to James Earl Ray, King's accused killer and says he "will aid in Ray's defense. The move northwest of Pleiku. Three wounded Americans and four crewmen were killed. The command said it was clearly marked with red crosses. In addition to the number of helicopters lost in combat, the • /u. J- i U.S. Command said 1,316 others a barrage of^criticism^ after dm-j have bcen lost since Jan x< 1 1961, due to mechanical failure, : enemy barrages that caught All of the cases, some of them • them on the ground and other dating back as far as 1964, were j causes. inactive, Walker said. "Not aj Meanwhile, U.S. military ana- single one of these cases; would '< \ ys ts said from now until mid- have ever been tried," Walker i February is a critical period i "Jefferson county is not turning criminals loose." That was the statement today of State's Attorney Frank H. Walker as he commented on i missal of 115 criminal cases in; j circuit court recently. the centra] highlands 23 miles j tight-lipped today into the first of a series of closed-door sessions to hear secret testimony. His attorney told newsmen the secret sessions are "crucial" to Bucher because the witnesses ishes when he made his entrance into the White House East Room today for the swearing in of Interior Secretary Walter J. Hickel. The leader of the Marine Band, Lt. Col. Albert Schoepper, said "the first thing I was told when 1 got here was not to do it." He said he had no explanation will include the skipper's superi- i a ? d th ? re W * 1S no immediate ex' Planation from Nixon press staff. Up to now, "Hail to the Chief" has greeted Nixon every time he has made a public appearance since his inauguration. said the U.S. Air Force Rescue i was backed by the Rev. Ralph ! andVa^easo^"^ " *°° d 1 the" Vietnam waVbec"au'se tftta Center at Albrook in the Canal I David Abernathy, King's sue ' No License, No Zone, which has been coordinating rescue efforts, said the ship would be towed to Cristobal by a New Orleans salvage firm. The Coast Guard and Price said there were no injuries, sea conditions were cairn and the ship was riding easily. Price said the 13,432-ton ves- cessor as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. "Brother Ray has asked me to defend him and I intend to do it," the Rev. James Beel told a meeting of about 60 mini- isters Thursday night after his jail visit. Bevel said last week sel is a converted C3 merchant: he was convinced Ray was inno- ship owned by Passenger Liner j cent in tho lsaying of King here Steering Wheel ! Service, Inc., of Monrovia, Liberia, and registered in Panama. It was sailing from Australia to Balboa in the Canal Zone, en route to Southhampton, England. dent set: fire to himself on Wen-! wi 5, a P £liTr °f pliers instead. STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — The car didn't have license plates, and on closer inspection police said they discovered it also didn't have a steering i..' " ' ~ ~ wheel. The driver navigated! Woman SnOt m ceslas Square Jan. 16, to protest the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. He died three days later. I The coffin will be on view through " Saturday morning. Then students planned a mas- , (Continued On Page 2 Col. 5) Robert L. Butterworth, 21, of Stratford, paid $18 in fines Thursday in Circuit Court after pleading guilty to a charge of failing to display license plates. The original charge of reckless driving for operating the car without a steering wheel last Oct. 7 was dropped. Home By Thief last April 4. In Atlanta, Abernathy said he; viewed Bevel's action as a way i of moving "nonviolence into a' new dimension in American! life." The SCLC head added, j 'Rev.' Bevel is speaking to the] real issue — namely, that it • is not who killed Dr. King, but i what killed him.' The state's attorney said all 115 of the cases were of a type called "dead wood" by court officials. That means, he said, that they were dismissed for cause — insufficient evidence, refusals of complainants to testify, reconciliations of couples after non- support charges were filed and many other reasons. Walker said that 60 of the 115 cases dismissed originated prior to 1968 and as far back as 1964, before he became state's attorney. Walker said that the dismissals were not just cases of "oral motions" by the state's attorney. As a matter of fact, he said, court officials, including judges, and law enforcement of peace talk's in Paris and the (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) TD i . • - T J n n • ,u fleers worked together to clear Bevel visited with Ray m the ; the h jnactive ca _ top- security cell on the third j ses whjch womd neyer be —- - -„ - of the Shelby County Jail, At the beginning of 196Q a yonihful bandit in her living j accompanied by Ray s attorney, total of 43g cases were pendi >-«om -hivr Vridtiv riipH this morn. Perc y Foreman of Houston, Tex.> on CM1rt ^y,^ in To ff a ^.„ . DANVILLE, 111. •wo.nan who was (AP) shot 'by Ifri Dining Room, Big Tent 1969 Automobile Show At Ramada Inn Feb. 1, 2 ^puties still were seeking her , . J U I4 J. „,.„,„ , u i •-u / I who had been attending the general board meeting here of the National Council of Churches. Further plans were made during a Thursday luncheon meeting of the Mt. Vernon Automobile Association for the automobile showing of 1969 mod els Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1 and 2 at Ramada Inn. The luncheon was at the Lawrence restaurant, with Chairman sonal invitations to be present for the two day show which will occupy the Ramada main dining room and a large tent! jthat will be pitched at one en -i j trance to the jiiriing roomi • , A Saturday pig'ht style show, | XOKXII V IETS IN LOAS featuring the,merphandise of 18 Mt. Vernon n^i^hants, will be oom layt Friday died this morn ing in a Danville hospital! The victim was Mrs. Audrey Caudill, 57. Vermillion county sheriff's d slayer, who was described as a i slim youth of. about 15. | | authorities said Mrs. Caudill i ; found the youth in her living i room and that he first took her jl <une, then fired three shots, i striking the victim once in the ! abdomen. | Police said Mrs. Caudill's hus- | bJ-nd, Peter,, who was in an ad- I joi/ing room, went to her aid j when the shots rang out but that • the youth had already fled. cv, -f f wir M ivr • T on court dockets in Jefferson Sheriff William N. Morris Jr.; county . 0f thege 332 were on said Bevel and Foreman were j misdemeanor charges and 106 with Ray lor one hour. Later I on £elony charges or, Rear Adm. Frank L. John -j son, commander of U.S. naval j forces in Japan when the Pueblo was seized. Bucher has said he radioed desperately for help as North Korean gunboats surrounded the intellieghce ship, J . i but it never arrived. • included his creation of nine | The Navy said Johnson would I special panels within the Coun| testify after closed-door ac-! Cl1 of Urban Affairs to submit counts from one or more of | recommendations on what he three captains under his com-1 calle d "near term" issues re- ; mand in Japan when the Pueblo j QU'ring quick action. was seized off North Korea last j In addition, Budget Director year. Summaries of all secret sessions will be prepared, deleting all classified information, Robert P. Majta has disclosed that the President will send to Congress recommended and made available to news- j changes in the $195.3 billion bud_ it g et submitted by former President Johnson. Another likely proposal will be a recommendation for at least a partial dismantling of the Office of Economic Opportunity, the agency chiefly responsible for the War on Poverty. Daniel P. Moynihan, Nixon's assistant for urban affah's, said "There clearly has arisen a pre(Continued On Page 2 Col. 4) men, a Navy spokesman said. Open court sessions are scheduled to resume Wednesday. ; After describing why he confessed, Bucher said Thursday, i "sometime during the night L attempted to commit suicide by '< drowning myself in a bucket of i water in my room but was unable to accomplish this." "Mentally, I was quite dis-| airbed," he said, partly because I of the embarrassment hei thought his confession caused the United States. The typewritten confession! said Bucher was a CIA agent,! (Continued On Page 2 Col. 4) Bevel discussed the case in gen eral terms with the ministers The 115 cases dismissed, Walker said, were taken from the 438 cases, leaving over 300 to be processed in the courts. The state's attorney noted Packard Confirmed Hickel Takes Oath over the opposing votes of 16 WASHINGTON (AP) -~ With President Nixon looking on, that 20 of the dismissed cases i Walter J. Hickel took his belat- ; Democrats, were, on non- support charges I ed oath of office today as secre-, Senate critics of Hickel ques- brought by wives against their I tary of the interior. tioned his dedication to the husbands. In these cases, he j Nixon prefaced the ceremony ! cause of conservation, said, wives sought dismissals an ' D y paraphrasing a passage from I "Mi- refused to testify after reconci-: the Bible: "The last shall be first Cisco Franco declared a three- j liations - . I as far as this administration is'nue," said Senate Several of the dismissed cases j concerned Spain Under Emergency MADRID "(APT ^.Gen. Fran- j; Hickel is on notice from j both ends of Pennsylvania Ave- month state of emergency j. ^Y?*"™ f cusmissea cases l concerned." ; Leader Mike Mansfield afte? throughout Spain today because j ^Li a, l^i^ d ^T? 168 ..^ 0 ! Chief Justice Earl Warren ad- j .Hickel was confirmed Thursday ministered the oath to Hickel, I by a vote of 73 to 16. of disorders "clearly related to an international strategy," the government announced. Franco signed the decree at a regular Cabinet meeting at El Pai'do Palace, his residence. Just before the meeting the Melvin Bayer of Bayer Motors pit. Vernon n$ir$hants, will be! VIENTIAND, Laos (AP) presiding. The association is a one of the show's features. A j Military spokesman said today division of the Mt. Vernon, barber shop quartet, under di- two North Vietnamese divisions! .... „ Chamber of Commerce. j direction' .of .'Eddie Allen, will; have entered Laos and units of j University of Madrid was closed Each of the nine association i entertain twice Sunday after-; one have been repulsed in an at- 1 because of continuing student members will extend 200 per-1noon at an hour interval. 'tack. . I disorders. J . ^ ^ J were processed in the courts bn delinquency proceedings rather than criminal complaints. Five of the misdeameanor charges were cases in 1967 where complaints obtained warrants but the defendants were never arrested. In many cases, . „.„ A „ nt . A .,„ . ., ., , c . . , c. t i were sworn in Wednesday, he said, the defendants left town ... . ., . .. „ „„ : !__..„ Hickel s nomination was ap- Continued On Page 2 Col., 6) i proved by the Senate Thursday who has been governor of Alaska and who became the only Nixon Cabinet choice to stir Senate opposition.. The other 11 Cabinet members, all confirmed unanimously by the "It will probably mean he will be a very good secretary of the interior," Mansfield .added. Mansfield, paired against confirmation, said the vote has no Senate,; significance for the future and "we 've very hopeful relations (Continued On Page 2 Col. 8Y RELAXING AT HOME—Former President Lyndon B. Johnson, clad in a hunting jacket and sports shirt, appears in a happy mood as he cliats with newsmen on the front lmyn of the LBJ Ranch at Stonewall, Texas. ; (AP Wirephoto) I

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