Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 27, 1969 · Page 1
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Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Monday, January 27, 1969
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TEMPERATURE Saturday high 28 low 14. Sunday high 23 low 14. Rainfall Saturday .06. One Inch of snow. 7:00 a.m. today 23. Downtown at noon today 34. MT REGISTER-NEWS WEATHER Southern Illinois — Rain or snow likely tonight, ending Tuesday. The low tonight near 3d. The high Tuesday In the MEMBER AUDT BUREAI' OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER **• ' VOLUME XLIX—NO. 100 NEW MOUNT; VERNON, ILLINOIS, MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 1969 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c PEACE TACTICS -NIXON Local Follies A Big Success ^ 4 / -I THIS IS THE FINAL AGT of a great show in Mt. Vernon Saturday night which raised $7,000 toward a community project to buy a $16,000 coronary care unit for Good Samaritan Hospital. In this scene the "Harem Dancers" present the Maharajah title to Wilburn Davis, president of the Lions Club. «The Maharajah Gontest was field among "the city's civic clubs (n a fund-raising promotion for the "Red Stocking Follies," a local talent show presented two nights last week at the high school auditorium. From the left are Marilyn Buck, Judy Allen, Pat Lacey, Shirley Benoist, Nancy Schutte, Maharajah Wilburn Davis, Ardele Howie, Jean Taylor, Mary Ann Woodside, Barbara Davenport and Alice Garlington. IRAQ EXECUTES 15 AS SPIES FOR ISRAEL Four Women Hurt In Falls At Shopping Center Four women were injured in tails at the Park Plaza Shopping Center during the weekend. Lola Curlock, Route 1, Sesser was hurt in a fall in a store. She was reported in satisfac 1 tory condition this morning at Good Samaritan Hospital. Three women were hurt in falls Friday. Mrs. C. R. (Laura) Winfree, 412 Jefferson, McLeansb o ro, was hurt when she slipped and fell on ice in front of a store. She spent the weekend as a patient at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro and was able to be released today. Mrs. Leslie (Helen) Hall, 1409 Jones street, suffered a compound leg fracture in a fall on ice. She was taken to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis for surgery and remained as a patient today. Theresa Gillach, of Mount Auburn, HI., was injured in a fall inside a store. She was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital. All four of the injured women were taken by Litton Ambulance to Good Samartan Hospital for treatment. •I DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Fifteen Iraqis convicted of spying for Israel were lianged in the main squares of Baghdad and Basra at dawn today, Baghdad Radio announced. Nine were Jews. Baghdad Radio said 200,000 people, shouting "Death to all traitors" took to the streets in Baghdad as soon as the execu- tons were announced and converged on Liberation Square. Eleven of the bodies were hanging there, each wrapped with a poster bearing the text of. his death sentence. • Four others were hanged in Basra, the southern port city. They were convicted nearly two weeks ago by a four-man court. Their death sentences were approved Sunday night by President Ahmed Hassan El Bakr. The i sentences were handed down by a four-man court Jan. 14-15 after a two-week, secret trial, Baghdad Radio said. The broadcast did not say whether any of the executions had been performed. It boradcast six hours of tape recordings it said were made during the secret trial. These indicated the accused were convicted of spying in Basra, Iraq's southern port, since the 1967 (Continued On Page 2 Col. 8) The home talent show was sponsored by the Good Samaritan Hospital auxiliary, which has accepted the community project of raising the money for a new coronary care uit. The auxiliary has now raised $10,000 toward Rend College Construction Set March 1 According to Dr. James Snyder, Rend Lake College president, consturetion on the first phase of the hew $9.5 million college campus will begin about March 1. Low bids totalling $2,721,772 for first phase c o nstruct ion were approved by the Illinois Building Authority last week. "We will go through the formality of awarding the bids and getting the contracts signed this jweek," said Snyder. "From conversations with the architect and other people involved, construciton should begin about March 1," Snyder said. First phase construction will (include academic, science, administration and gym n asium structures along with a parking lot. Contractors for first phase construction include: Lipps Construction Co., Mt. Vernon, general contract; H&H Plumbing, Mt.' Vernon, plumbing and sewe­ ring; Harrison F. Blades, Decatur, electrical work; and Allied School Equipment, Springfield, gymnasium equipment. > First phase construction is scheduled for completion by the fall of 1970. The new campus is located south of Ina. (Delo Photo Craft) the $16,000 cost and the unit has been ordered. The follies played to a standing-room-only crowd at the final show Saturday night; and to 400 on Wednesday and 600 on Thursday. Bluford Woman Is Found Dead | In Snow Today Clara Lane, 64, Bluford, was ( d«>:id on arrival at the Good S-imaritan Hospital at 7:45 a.m. tr day. Jefferson County Co roner I John Richardson said the cause ! of death has not been determined. Richardson said Mrs. Lane was found lying in the snow by a neighbor at 7:30 a.m. today. Richardson said Mrs. Lane apparently had fallen off of con- ci^te block steps at her home and injured herself. He said she had probably been lying in the snow for an hour or more. Funeral arrangements for Mis. Lane are incomplete at the Partridge Funeral Home in Bluford. An inquest is pending. Charge Mother Strangled Baby . DANVILLE, 111. • (AP) —\ Mami Smith, 22, was charged Sunday with the murder of her newborn son, whose body, police ?aid, was found in a trash can at a motel Saturday night. She was held without bond. An autopsy showed the baby had been strangled. THE BIG PUSH-^Artillerymen of the 121h Murine Regiment haul II 105-mm howitzer into position atop a fim support base located near An Hoa, southwest of Danani;. The unit Is acting in support of other forces engaged In Operation Taylor Common, a sweep through the valley in background which has long been used as a base area by Viet Cong. (AP Wirephoto) From 34th To 42nd Street $484,064 BID ON BROADWAY PAVING Big Snow At Cairo/ One Inch Here A $484,064 low bid for widening and paving of a half-mile stretch of west Broadway to the 1 :57 -64 interchange has been received by the state highway depatment. The apparent low bidder, for the four- lane paving project between 34th and 42nd Street, is R. B. Potashnick, Cape Gi-, Mo. If the contract is awarded the work is expected to start in Mt. Vernon's first measurable accumulation of snow this winter was recorded today as one inch of the white crystals fell on the King City. Most of Southern Illinois ci-: the ear] y s P rin « ties reported one to two inches of snow this morning but Cairo residents awakened to find 10 '/2 inches on the ground. All schools in the city were closed. Work At Ashley Other low bids received on a^ea projects included: Washington County — Widen- i ing and resurfacing on 1.63 mil- The weather man is not tooifs of U. S. Route 51 and U.S. Route 460, in Ashley, Low bidder was Keene Constructors Inc. Pinckneyville, $798,714. Alexander County - A bid of $894,613 for .42 of a mile of earth grading on 1-57, north of Cairo, by Eugene Luhr & Co. Columbia, 111. Clay County _ A $1,047,580 bid by The Standard Paving ..Co promising, calling for more snow possibly changing to rain or freezing rain tonight and tomorrow. Mt. Vernon city street workers were out early today spreading salt as were many downtown J businessmen. ' Several accidents were reported in Mt. Vernon and Southern False Chanty Show Promoters Arrested In Art Auction CHICAGO (AP) - A society art auction advertised as the charity event of the decade was abruptly canceled Sunday night and four of its promoters were arrested on charges of operating a false charity show. Two others were chai-ged in jor has moved across. There warrants, officials of the Illinois i ,ia ve been no large unit sight- attorney general's office said. Patrick J. Ruddy, chief investigator, said the show was brought to the attention of the a torney general by several prominent persons who were asked to help promote the auction. The auction was advertised to j shooting them up as fast as we raise funds for five charity or- i find them." ganizations. Ruddy said four or- 1 The report came two days aft- ganizations do not exist and the ! o r jj.S. Ambassador Henry Cab- fifth disavowed any connection! ot Lodge told the first substan- Reds Step Up Activity In DM Zone SAIGON (AP) - The U.S. O mmand today reported 180 more indications of North Vietnamese activity inside the demilitarized zone during a five- day period last week. "We still have a lot of sightings of enemy troops in the DMZ," said a U.S. source, "but it doesn't appear anything ma- ings reported and we doubt that there are any regimental or di- "'sion headquarters in the area." Another source said that North Vietnamese troops were building bunkers in both halves of the DMZ, but "we've been Boy Scout Week Here Illinois Snday and today as a j Howell Asphalt Co., and D. M. result of the snow. I Lake Construction company, of City police also reported the; Chicago, for 7.4 miles of eartli first snowballing incident of the j grading between Xenia and Flo- season as two youths were toldjra for future pavements on FA to refrain from tossing, rock-! filled snowballs. (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) ; ~ ' " ' ' " - >',<'', £/ ~ 'U,>, '' '/f< Invite Everybody To Ramada Inn 1969 Auto Show Set Here Saturday, Sunday Everybody is invited to attend j at 8:00 Sunday, a mid-winter 1969 Auto Show | The 1969 Auto ghow ig spon . at Mt. Vernon's new Ramada gored by Bayer Motor Co> Inn this Saturday and Sunday, • Brehm . Hanna Chevrolet, Hoi- February 1 and 2. ! man Motor Co-> j e fferson Mo- The big show, of all the 1969 j tors, Johnson Motors, Regency models, will open at 11:00 a.m. i Motors, S & W Motor Co., with the action. Ruddy said investigators were poised to make arrests after the auction began but when they arrived for the show a sign had been posted announcing the auction was canceled. Arrested at their homes were rive session of the four-party Vietnam peace talks in Paris that "the search for peace can begin in the DMZ, Makes Viet Offers WILL TRY TO COOL OFF MIDEAST WASHINGTON (AP) — President Nixon promised today "new tactics" in the quest for a Vietnam settlement and pledged an urgent effort to cool the Mid­ east situation lost it lead to "confrontation of the nuclear powers." Nixon, at his first White House news conference, r o- called his oft-stated observation that the nation can have but one president at a time—and made clear, now that he is the man, every facet of the government is under Republican scrutiny. Ho stood before a single microphone in the White House East Room, right hand often in his coat pocket, left, hand gesturing for emphasis, and declared his new team "will re-examine all past decisions" left by the Democrats. The White House said 456 newsmen attended the conference. Mrs. Nixon and their older daughter Tricia watched it on television elsewhere in the executive mansion, a spokesman said. Vietnam was the most frequently raised topic as Nixon answered 15 questions in 28 minutes. But he spoke with urgency, too, of the Middle East. Nixon said that region is a powderkeg—and if 'another explosion occurs there it could pit the interests of the United States and the Soviet Union one against, the other. "I believe we need new initiatives and new leadership on the part of the United States in order to cool off the situation in the Middle East," Nixon said. He said next Saturday's session of the National Security Council will be devoted to the problem. Good Start at Paris Nixon pronounced the new administration's efforts at the Vietnam peace talks in Paris "off to a good start." "Now, of course, what is in­ volved'is what happens on the other side," he added. Nixon said, instead of putting "a laundry list" of proposals the Paris peace table, the United States, represented by his negotiator, Henry Cabot Lodge, has sought to present specific proposals. And, as his news conference neared an end, Nixon said he 'We believe that the demili- has never talked of Vietnam in tarized status of the zone between North and South Vietnam should be restored immediate- terms of a settlement in six months, a year or even three. He said overly optimistic state- Alfred Von Kupferberg of Wil- j Lodge said ih his opening: { Conlinued drTl ^ge 2 Col. 4) mette, described in publicity re leases as a baron and chairman of the board of the Amazon Expedition and —Research Center; Reuben L. Skinner, 39, a public relations executive, his wife, Donna, 29; and Harold Caldwell, 41, of Glenview, chairman of the World Teen Fine Arts Foundation and vice president of the World Teen Age Scholarship Foundation. GOOD SCOUTS—Mayor Joe Martin today Issued a proclamation declaring the week of Feb. 7-13, as Boy Scout Week. .'."There is no finer organization In the world than the Boy Scouts 5f America," said Mayor Martin. 'Jits purpose is commendable in promoting the ability of boys to cfo things for themselves and others, to train them' in Scout*' cl'aft, to teach them patriotism,' courage and self reliance." Area Scouts are members of the Black Gold district of the Okaw Valley council, with George Leatherrnan, .(left, rear) Inland Steel Co. and a Mt. Vernon resident, as district' (Chairman .To Leatherrnan' s left: Mike Wilson, Explorer "Post 10; Ivory Hawkins, Boy Scout troop 109; and will continue into the evening, -t The Sunday show will begin at noon. The two - clay show will occupy Ramada Inn-s main .dining room and a large tent which will be set up at one entrance to the dining room. "We are all proud of the new cars and invite everyone in the entire area to attend," said Melvin Bayer, chairman of the mid-winter event. Chairman Bayer said that two special events are being arranged for the enjoyment of the entire family. A style show, featuring the latest in women's', men's and fcriildren's wear, will be held, at 8:00 o'clock Saturday evening. Participating in the style Show will be Carps, Fashion Shop, Jean's Children Shop, Jo- Ella West, Holders, Mode O' Day, Montgomery Ward, Remnant House, Rose's, Sears Roebuck, Susan Shop, The Bride Shop, The Singer Co., Wise Clothing Co. and Woolvvorth. Summers Dodge, and W-G motors. Report Nuclear Weapon Stores At Okinawa Base Mayor Martin. Front: Mony Brown (left), Boy Scout troop 104; Donald Boyer, Cub Scout Pack 111 . . : A Black Gold District Scout appreciation dinner is set for Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Mt. Vernon's First. United Meth-j will be barber shop quartet TOKYO (AP) - A leading Japanese newspaper reported i she said. today that U.S. military authori- 1 -- ties in Okinawa have built what appear to be six depots to stockpile nuclear weapons. ; Yomiuri, in a dispatch from Nah, capital of the U.S.-admin-1 istered island, said the local pa-1 per Ryukyu Shimpo reported J that the depots were built on j Mt. Takoyama near the U.S.' Kadena air base. I The report said: I U.S. personnel only built the i depots, and no Okinawan work-: ers were hired. The area around! the depots was designated a; classified area and is heavily' gauraded by U.S. military per-j sonnel. The report added that! $700 Color TV Set Stolen At Mt. V. Home A brazen thief walked into a Mt. Vernon home Saturday night and .carried off a color TV set valued at S700. Brenda Lynn , 1107 south 23rd street, reported to police that the thief entered her home some time between 10:.'JO and midnight. The front door was unlocked, statement. Only one of the 180 indications 1J I >m last Monday through Fri- 1 tlay was considered significant by the U.S. Command—enemy gur ners shooting off a tire of a i'ght American reconnaissance plane flying over the DMZ. Five enemy gun emplacements were destroyed by U.S. artillery after that attack, spokesmen said. ; During the same five-day pe- jrvid, U.S. headquarters said An-.erican bombers, warships land artillery fired five times ; 'nio the DMZ after enemy activ- ; ity was sighted. North Vietnamese and Viet Cony troops launched a dozen actucks on allied bases and other installations over the weekend, bearing out the predictions ot U.S. military analysts that Liill settling down in'Washing­ ton. Focus On News With The News Quiz Nixon, Mayor Daley On Best-Dressed Lists NEW YORK (AP) — President Nixon and Canadian Prime i Preston R. Tisch, host; publicist Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau | . s . er ? e Obolensky, society; New odist church as a prelude to Boy Scout Week, Feb. 7-13. stories circulating among resi- '< The added feature on Sunday dents near the base, when! pieced together, made it almost i certain that the depots were to j store nuclear weapons. ! singing at 3:15 and 4:15 p.m. The two- day show will close A newspaper is like a telescope. It gives you a close-up view of the lively and interesting local, national, and international events that shape our lives. Review some of these events by . taking our weekly News Quiz, found today on Page 3-B. Answers are on Page 4-B. The News Quiz is one of the VEC Instructional Materials that are sponsored by The Register-News as part of its "Living Textbook" program for participating area schools. have been named to the 30th an; nual best-dressed list of the ' Fashion Foundation of America. The foundation, an organization of custom tailors and dei signers, Sunday selected Nixon | for the statesman category, and ; Trudeau for international gov- i ernment. I Fifteen men were named as j best-dressed in different cate- j gories. ' , . j The others were: Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, civic affairs; comedian Dick Van Dyke, movies; producer David Merrick, theater; bandleader Guy Lombardo, music; singer Andy Williams, television; Loew's Aotel President York Yankees President Michael Burke, business; and horse race broadcaster Tommy Roberts, sports. Also, Paul M. Schelm .board chairman of Gold Seal Vineyards Inc. of Hammondsport, N.Y., commerce; Enoch Light of West Redding, Conn., president of Project 3 Records, recordings ; Melvyn Hiller of Woodmere, N.Y., finance; and Herman Perl, of Short Hills, N.J., board chairman of Perl Industries, industry. None of the 15 were included on an earlier best-dressed list based on a poll of 2,500 designers, gocialitei and fashion personalities.

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