Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 28, 1969 · Page 1
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TEMPERATURE Monday high 32, low 19. Rainfall Monday .72. 7:00 a.m. today 43. Downtown at noon today 50. Ml VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDI" 1 " BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL —SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illinois — Cloudy and turning colder tonight, low In the 20a. Considerable cloudiness and cold on Wednesday, high in 30s. VOLUME XL1X—NO. 101 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 1969 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c MEN BURNING MINE CZECH MARTYR MOURNED—The family of .Tan Palach walks in the funeral procession for the 21 -year-old Czech student today in Prague as CzechoslQvaks line the procession route in Old Town Square. Palach set himself on fire to protest the occupation of his country by Soviet-bloc forces, and is now regarded by many Czechs as a new martyr to freedom. Center'background is the monument to Jan Huss, who was bunted at the stake in 1415 for his defense of truth. (AP Wirephoto via cable from Prague) Admiral On The Stand In Pueblo Case CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — The admiral who had operational control of the USS Pueblo told his story of the intelligence ship's seizure behind closed doors Monday. The Navy then said he would repeat in public Wednesday the unclassified parts of it. There was. no hint of .what Rear Adm. Frank L. Johnson, former commander of U.S. naval forces in Japan, testified during: an afternoon-long appearance before a Navy court of inquiry. A Navy spokesman, briefing newsmen, said the testimony was classified but that Johnson would appear at the open hearing for at least two hours and answer / questions from attorneys for the 1 Pueblo skipper, Cmdr. Lloyd M, Bucher. "He will go over what he said in> the close session with classified matter taken out," the spokesman said. Bucher Asked For Help . As North Korean, gunboats closed in on the Pueblo, Bucher radioed Johnson's headquarters at Yokosuka, Japan, with urgent pleas for help. "These guys mean business" was one of Bucher's messages. Johnson will have an opportunity to say. publicly whether he considered the Pueblo adequately armed. Bucher said he 'got .50-caliber machine guns for his ship when he wanted larger (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) Speed Trials Nixon Asks For Funds To Fight Crime WASHINGTON (AP) — Presi dent Nixon told Republican congressional leaders today he will soon ask Congress for extra money to combat crime, with emphasis on speedier court trials and unclogging of crowded courtroom calendars. After Nixon conferred with the GOP chiefs for more than two hours, the party's Senate loader, Everett M. Dirksen of Illinois,: said a supplemental appropriation to cover anticrime activities between now and June 30 would be submitted by the President "shortly." Dirksen said that in order to "bring crime to heel" there will have "to be more judges and a large Justice Dpeartment staff, U.S. attorneys are ,so overworked, he reported, that people in their offices can devote an average of only 45 minutes to the preparation of a case for p? esentation in court. Dirksen also complained that "you've got criminals running around oh bail" awaiting trial for as long^as three years "and in the interim they may commit two, i three or four more crimes." STUDENT KILLED FARMER CITY, HI. (AP) — Fxank M. Alexander, 19, of Champaign, was killed Monday in a two-car collision on U.S. 150, a mile east of Farmer ,City. More Jews Threatened WORLD SHOCKED BY HANGINGS IN IRAQ South Viets Report 320 NORTH VIETS SLAIN IN TWO DAYS NEWLYWEDS' FIRST BREAKFAST—Michael L. Glassman, jBl, is served a cup of coffee by his wife of a few hours, the former Marie Stulmacher, 18, of Rantoul, HU. The couple were married: in an Indianapolis fire station early Saturday by a police chaplain after they failed to find a justice of the peace open for business. (AP Wirephoto) SAIGON (AP) — South Vietnamese headquarters said today a crack battalion of government rangers backed by < U.S planes and artillery killed 320 North Vietnamese in a bloody battle Saturday and Sunday 18 miles from the Laotian border. A spokesman said the U.S bombers and artillery accounted for 200 of the enemy dead He said 51 rangers were wounded in the engagement 25 miles northwest of Peiku city, in the central highlands. The ranger battalion was reported still sweeping the area today and U.S. B52 bombers unleashed 500 tons of bombs Monday night and today on enemy troop concentrations. The South Vietnamese reported another battle four miles from the Cambodian border and 54 miles northwest of Saigon early today in which about 400 North Vietnamese troops assaulted the night bivouac ,positions of a government paratrooper battalion. By dawn the enemy had been beaten back after a U.S. flare- ship illuminated their positions for a hail of fire from U.S. helicopter gunships. A spokesman said 23 enemy bodies were found. Two South Vietnamese were killed and several wounded. Battle Near Cambodia A .U.S. spokesman said American gunships, bombers and artillery killed another 24 North Vietnamese /soldiers and smashed four heavy machine gun positions along the Cambodian border 63~ miles northwest of Saigon. Far to the,north, North Vietnamese troops just inside the demilitarized zone shelled U.S. Marines for the first time in more than a month Monday night, but a U.S. Command spokesman called the attack "trivial." Reds in DMZ The spokesman said seven. Leathernecks were wounded by 25 mortar shells before Marine artillery silenced the North Vietnamese guns six tenths of a mile inside the southern edge of the buffer zone. The United States, believed it had tacit agreement from the North Vietnamese to keep out of the DMZ in return for the Nov. 1 bombing halt, and also proposed guarantees of the buffer zone at the peace talks in Paris Saturday. But so far Hanoi has shown no sign of cooperating although all military activity reported in the zone has been on a minor scale." , The Marine unit that came under fire was 500 yards south of the southern boundary of the DMZ, said the spokesman. .It was from the 3rd Marine Divir sion's 4th Regiment. The spokesman said it was the first time the Marines had been shelled from inside the DMZ since Dec^ 21. A spokesman said U.S. artillery fired on a group of North Vietnamese troops moving in the DMZ earlier Monday after they were spotted by an observation plane. An air observer reported nine were killed. 31,000 U.S. Deaths Military spokesman said today that American combat deaths have passed 31,000 and could exceed the Korean War's toll by May 13, thefirst anniversary of .the Paris peace talks. Communiques for the past week have listed 28 Americans killed in action, raising the Vietnam war's toll to 31,019. More than 8,000 Americans have died on the battlefield since North Vietnamese and Washington representatives first met in Paris last May 13. The, weekly report of casualties for last week will be released on Thursday. t It is expected to be substantially larger than 28 since the daily reports do not list scores of troops killed in small skirmishes; men who died of wounds and those whose status is changed from missing to dead. Reds Lose 436,556 Men , The U.S. Command reported (Continued On Page 2 Col. 4) By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Iraq's public hanging of 14 men, including nine Jews, on charges of spying for Israel drew widespread condemnation around the world today. Coupled with reactions of shock and outrage was an Israeli report that another group of Jews was threatened with execution in Iraq, an Arab participant in the June war of 1967. Iraq still has some troops based in Jordan near Israel's\frontier The Vatican City newspaper L'Osservatore Romano deplored the hangings and said the cause of peace in the Middle East "can only seriously suffer." Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Joel Barromi, told Secretary-General U Thant that death threatened another group of Jews in Iraq. Thant said he would look into the report immediately. After the Iraqi government announced that nine Iraqi Jews and five other Iraqis were hanged Monday for spying for Isiael, Iraqi Information Minister Abdullah El Samarrai told a news conference in Baghdad that 65 other persons would be brought to trial soon on charges of spying for Israel and plotting against the Iraqi government. Barromi in his warning to Thant possibly was referring to members of this group. Israel denied that those executed Monday were spying for her and said their only crime was being Jewish. Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban in a statement to Thant said the Baghdad government "has perpetrated an act of barbarity which exceeds even what the world has come to expect from a country in which violence and murder have become almost commonplace." Thant expressed fear that the executions would upset U.N. ef- foits to achieve peace in" the Middle East. The Iraqi delegation to the United Nations at once complained that Thant was mi>dng in something that was "entirely an internal affair of Iraq." "Repugnant," Says U.S. The U.S. government and American Jewish leaders also condemned Iraq's action. Secretary of State William P. Rogers said the.mass public executions were "repugnant to the conscience of the world" and "a matter of deep concern" to the U.S. government. But Rogers noted that because the United States has. no diplomatic representative in Baghdad, he could not comment "on the facts surrounding the trials." Former Ambassador and Supreme Court Justice Arthur Gc'dberg, the president of the American Jewish Committee, expressed "shock and outrage" and urged the United States and the United Nations to "join with us in condemning what has occurred." "Barbaric," Guardian Says In London, an editorial in the Guardian labeled the executions 'barbaric" -and observed: "This medieval spectacle can only do harm to the prospects of a Middle Eastern settlement." President Nixon, at his news conference in Washington Monday, proposed that missile reduction talks with the Soviet Union be linked to discussions of the Middle East crisis and other political issues. "What I want to do," he said, "is to see to it that we have strategic arms talks in a way end at a time that will promote, if possible, progress on outstanding political problems at the same time for example, on the problem of the Mideast, and on other outstanding problems in which the United States and the Soviet Union, acting together, can serve the cause of peace." ANOTHER NIXON FIRST—President Nixon Monday held his first news conference as the country's Chief Executive. The conference was held in the East Room of the White Hou&e. (AP Wirephoto) Clarence Kempter Mt. V. Social Security Head Dies Suddenly Actress Thelma Ritter Stricken NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran character actress Thelma Ritter was stricken by a heart attack Monday night at her home in Forest Hills Garden, Queens, according to police. Police said Thelma\,' Ritter Moran, 68, suffered the attack at 5:15 p.m., and was taken to Queens General Hospital, where she was later reported to be in critic|l condition. CLARENCE KEMPTER Clarence A. Kempter, 61, manager of the district Social Security office here, died suddenly in a physician's office at Doctors Park at 1:40 p.m. Monday Mr. Kempter, who had been manager here since June, 1965, resided at 1617 Oakland Avenue. Mr. Kempter was in the U.S. Forest Service in 1937 when he transferred to the Social Security accounting operations division in Baltimore, Md. He was named manager of the Janesville, Wis. office in 1940 and had held managerships in various offices in Wisconsin and Illinois since that time. He came to the Mt. Vernon office from Bakersfield, Calif., where he was stationed for three years. In 1966 Mr. kempter was presented a 30 year service award at a ceremony held at DePaul University. The body will lie in state at the Pulley Funeral Home, where friends may call after 6:00 p.m. today. The Rosary will be recited at 8:00 o'clock tonight at the Pulley Funeral Home, with Father James Burke officiating. The body will be taken later this week to the Acklam Funeral Home in Racine, Wis., where friends may call Thursday evening. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Holy Name church in Racine and burial will be in that city. Mr. Kempter was born August 14, 1907 in Milwaukee, Wis. the son of John and Elizabeth (Welch) Kempter. Oh August 30, 1935 he was married, in Milwaukee, to Helen Evenson, who survives, Mr. Kempter was a member of St. Mary's Catholic church, the Knights of Columbus, the local Elks and Moose lodges, the Lions Club and the Federal Postal Employees. Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons, John Kempter of Long Beach, Calif., and Jeffery.and Keith Kempter, students at Southern Illinois University; four daughters, Mrs. William (Judith) Lojeski of Racine, Wis., Mrs. Karen Thomp- 2 GUNMEN HIJACK AIRLINER TO CUBA BULLETIN! At Fairfield Register-News Printer Dead Of Gun Blast Richard M. Harriss, 37, Fairfield, a Register - News printer and machinist, was found dead at his" rural home near Fairfield today. Harriss was believed to have died from a shotgun blast which was fired while he was cleaning the weapon. Mr. Harriss, who commuted to work in Mt. Vernon daily, also delivered the Register-News papers to towns between Mt. Vernon and Fairfield. Coroner Thomas Cannon of Fairfield, said that Mr. Harriss apparently had shot himself accidentally in the garage at his house. Equipment for cleaning his gun, which had rusted, was found near the body. The sheriff's office was called at 12:15 p.m. and the coroner found the body at 12:30 p.m. The body is at the Dixon and Johnson funeral home in Fairfield. Mr. Harriss is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen, a teacher in the Fairfield high school, and two children, Kathy and Richard Jr. (Continued On Page 2 Col, 8) Top Of The First Is Open And Serving The Top of the First, a Flaming Pit restaurant which occupies the entire 6th floor of Mt. Vernon's new Golden nugget building, opened for business yesterday. The Top of the First will serve food daily from 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The cocktail lounge , which also opens at 11:30 , will close at midnight week days and at 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays the restaurant will open at 11:30 and close at 10 p.m. The cocktail lounge will be closed all day. Entrance to the restaurant is by ^elevators from the ground floor of the First National Bank in the Golden Nugget. The building takes its name from the gold - colored glass which sheathes the structure. The Top of the First has facilities for serving the general public and also parties • and groups up to 170 persons. David Reiss is manager and Kent Messmer is assistant manager. VEST POCKET SIREN PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A tiny pocket alarm has gone oh sale at the University of Pennsylvania bookstore following several attacks and three unsolved slayings near, the campus- V MIAMI (AP Two men, one brandishing a .38 revolver and the other armed with a bomb, hijacked a National Airlines jet over the Florida Everglades today and forced the pilot to fly to Cuba. The plane landed in Havana at 10:03 a.m. EST. It was the second act of aerial piracy on National in five days. A Key West to New York flight was commandeered and taken to Havana Friday by a knife- wielding man who said he was a U.S. Navy deserter. At 9:10 a.m. EST, the pilot of NAL flight 64, bound from New Orleans to Miami with 25 passe) igers and seven crewmen aboard, radioed the Miami control tower, "Please be advised we are going to Havana." The plane was southeast of Tampa when the two men forced themselves into the cockpit. The pilot reported one of them brandished some type of a t;omb. The other held a pistol at the pilot's head. It was the 9th commercial airliner hijacked to Cuba this year. Rumors that Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro was sentencing the hijackers to five years in prison obviously was /ailing to stem the tide of plane thefts, as U.S. officials had hoped. The plane hijacked today started its trip from Los Angeles and stopped at Houston en rojte to New Orleans. Court Martial 27 For Mutiny SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Court - martial on mutiny charges today faced the first six of 27 prisoners accused of a sit- down in the Presido stockade. If convicted the men could receive major penalties. The case began after the Oct. 14 fatal shooting of Ptv. Richard Bunch, 19, of Dayton, Ohio. The other prisoners protested t. gainst the shooting and general stookage conditions. An official Army finding ruled that Bunch was shot while trying to escape. 100 IN PIT WHEN FIRE BREAKS OUT MT. MORRIS, Pa. (AP)—The last of several men feared trapped deep in a burning coal mine were rescued at noon today. Gov. Arch A. Moore of nearby West Virginia said in Charleston that the last 10 men had reached safety. One was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. They were among nearly 100 men working in Humphrey No. 7 mine at dawn when a portion of the roof collapsed and triggered an electrical fire, Moore said. The rest of the miners reached safety quickly, emerging from three entrances away from the fire. The mine sprawls under the West Virginia-Pennsylvania line but its main portal, near where the fire occurred, is just south of this Pennsylvania community. It is about 20 miles northeast of Mannington, W.Va., where 78 miners died in a series of fires and explosions that ripped through another Consolidation- owned mine last Nov. 20. Early reports indicated the fire was touched off by a roof fall near the mine's main portal. A total of 405 men work underground in the shafts, while another 150 are employed outside. Actor Charles Winninger Dies PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Chubby, white-haired Charles Winninger, a veteran of more than 50 years in vaudeville, motion pictures, radio and television, is dead at the age of 84. Winninger, who began his acting career in 1893, touring with his parents and four brothers and sisters, died Monday at his home. 'He had been inactive since breaking a hip four years ago. He started out as a boy soprano and drummer. With the retirement of his family, he joined the New York production of "Yankee Girl" as a comedian. Later he portrayed the original Captain Andy in Ziegfeld's production of "Show Boat." His screen credits include "Soup to Nuts," "Show Boat," "Babes in Arms," and "Destry Rides Again." In 1932 he created the role of Captain Henry in the radio program "The Showboat Hour." Winninger and his first wife, actress Blanche Ring, were divorced in 1951 after 23 years of separation. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Gertrude. 200 Democrats Lose State Jobs SPRINGFIELD, HI. (AP) — Illinois Public Works Director William Cellini took steps Monday to lay off 200 highway maintenance workers effective Jan. 31. Cellini asked the Illinois Personnel Department to eliminate the jobs because of a decline in funds for maintenance operations during the next five months. He said the jobs involved a payroll outlay of ?2.6 million during the biennial budget. All 200 jobs formerly were under the patronage system and classified as temporary help but were among those placed under the merit system by outgoing Gov. Samuel H. Shapiro. Surtax May Linger -Dirksen WASHINGTON (AP) — Senator Everett M. Dirksen of Illinois, the Senate Republican leader, said today that the Nixon administration now is convinced the 10 per cent income tax surcharge must be continued until June 30, 1970. It is needed, he said, to finance federal activities to help damp down inflation. Dirksen spoke out after a Capitol Hill conference between President Nixon and GOP congressional leaders, lasting more than two hours. DILLIES l I PROTECT / I THE DOOR C OH I TO THE YOUWAI COOLEST PADLOCK!! PAOINTOWM.

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