Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 29, 1969 · Page 1
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TEMPERATURE Tuesday high 50, low 42. Rainfall Tuesday .60. 7:00 a.m. today 49. Downtown at noon today 54. VOLUME XLIX—NO- 102 VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDr BUREAI' OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL —SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illinois — Occasional rain with posnible thunderstorms continuing into Thursday. Little warmer. Highs Thursday from 40s central to 60n south. Lows tonight 30s central to the 50s south. MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 1969 40c per Week — Single Copy 7e SPY TRIALS IRAQ i£ ip V/' \ \ State Supreme Court Acts Shapiro Judge Appointments Void fiiiii ••••II THERE'S MORE TO COIVIE—Mrs. Foster Mead, peering around a drift in front of her home, heard the weatherman predict ano-tlier blizzard for the Fargo, N.D. area.. More than 26 inches of snow had already fallen this winter. (AP Wirephoto) STORM, ICE PARALYZE KANSAS CITY TRAFFIC Wanted An Age —Got Bust DENVER, Colo. (AP)—Richard Brooks, a movie director, was filming a scene outside a striptease nightclub: when he turned to an assistant and said, "We need a .woman about 52." He wranted. someone to feed a parking meter in the background^ .The assistant 1 went into the nightclub and came out with Shari Scott, a 27-year-old exotic dancer. . ; She measures 52-28-39. Although Brooks had meant he wanted a; woman' 52 years old,. Shari did win a chance fo appear in a scene of the movie. BODY UNDER ICE ROCKFORD, 111. )AP) -Scuba divers were unable Tuesday to recover the body of ati unidentified woman • who' drowned- after falling through thuv'ice as she walked across the Rock River in downtown Rockford. Search operations were to re­ s'i me today. KANSAS CITY (AP) — An early morning thunderstorm with temperatures in the mid- 208 virtually paralyzed traffic in the Kansas City area during the morning rush hour today. The storm extended over> a large part of Missouri and Kansas. The streets became icy sheets causing scores of fender-bending accidents. Cars attempting to stop for traffic lights slid into one and another, thoroughly sealing up many major traffic intersections. Only one injury was reported by.mid-morning. Some motorists made it through by taking side streets Which normally, are little used, and: by . travelling around the hills which extend through most of the ctiy except for the river bottom, areas.: The latter were covered with fog in many areas. Two Killed In Road Crash FIATT, HI. (AP) — Two persons were killed when their automobiles collided on Illinois 9 about a quarter of a mile west of Fiatt today. The dead.are Mrs. Adeline M. Lu'tz, 42', of Good Hope; McDonough County, and Ted McDonough, 58, of Bushnell, also in McDonough County. TET TRUCE PLANNED BY BOTH SIDES SAIGON (AP) — The South Vietnamese government indicated today that it would declare a truce for the lunar new year Feb. 17, but a far shorter one than the seven-day cease-fire announced by the Viet Cong earlier today. The Viet Cong's National Liberation Front broadcast an announcement that the Communist military command "will stop all military, activities" from 7 a.m. Saigon time Feb. 15 until 7 a.m. Feb. 22. The period is known as Tet, the festival of the lunar new year and the biggest holiday in the Vietnamese calendar. The Viet Cong broadcast said any military operations by the United States, South Vietnam and their allies, including air, naval and artillery bombardment, would be considered a violation of the cease-fire and "must be punished." Four hours after the broadcast, a spokesman for the South Vietnamese government said: "The Vietnamese government is willing to have a truce because Tet is a solemn occasion and for f*the happiness of the Vietnamese people." But he added that the truce "will not last very long if there is any." U.S. forces will undoubtedly observe any cease-fire declared by Saigon, as they have all such truces in the past. Tet Attack Last Year A Tet truce last year had just begun when the Viet Cong attacked more than 100 cities and towns including Saigon in their biggest offensive of the war. Although the government is expected to call some sort of cease-fire, it undoubtedly will try to avoid the wholesale relaxation which left its forces at 50 per cent strength or less when the enemy struck a year ago. The anniversary of last year's offensive comes this. Friday, and. there has been speculation that the Viet Cong may attempt some action within the next few days to mark the occasion. But no major enemy activity was reported today. The U.S. Command announced that three more American helicopters have been shot down and destroyed, but only three crewmen were wounded. This raised the announced number of American helicopters .lost in the war to 2,321. One light observatory, helicopter, an OH6, was downed Monday 18 miles.west of the Mekong delta city of Can Tho, but the -o- -o- -o- -o- -o- -o- -o- -o- -o- (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP) The Illinois Supreme Court has j voided appointments by former Gov. Samuel Shapiro of 11 judges to fill Circuit Court vacancies. ! In a ruling Tuesday, the court j said a 1967 law which Shapiro used in naming the pudges was invalid. Shapiro made the appointments Jan. 11, two days before he left office. Atty. Gen. William J. Scott, who challenged the appointments, contended any law dealing with selrction and tenure of judges must be approved in a referendum as required by the Illinois constitution. Since 1962, under the constitution's judicial article, judgeship vacancies have been filled only by election. One of those appointed by Shapiro was Francis Lorenz of Chicago, former Illinois public works director who was defeated by Scott for attorney general in last November's election. Five of the appointees were from Chicago and six from downstate. All but two of the 11 were Democrats. Lorenz had been named a full circuit judge and the others as associate circuit judges. The judges had been prevented by an earlier Supreme Court order from hearing cases or drawing salaries pending a final decision in the case. The Supreme Court directed Secretary of State. Paul Powell to revoke the judges' commis- ions and state auditor Michael J. Howlett to remove their nam from the state payroll. Attorneys for Shapiro had. argued the appointments should stand because the overall intent of the judicial article was to obligate the legislature to enact a method to maintain an orderly process for filling vacancies. The Supreme Court said it will file an opinion later giving detailed reasons for its decision. The downstate appointees wer Cecil J. Burrows, 8th Judicial circuit; Rudolph J. Wesphal and James G. Hatcher, 10th; John J. Clinch, 13th; Fred J. Brown, 14th; and William E. Schirger, 17th. JEWS MARCH IN HOME TO PROTEST HANGINGS—More than 1.000 Roman .lews move from downtown Pluzza del Popolo to march to the Iraqul embassy to protest against the execution of nine Jews and five other persons inBaghdad and Basrah. Poster In foreground denounces Iraquis as "assassins." (AP Wire-photo) 2 MORE AIRLINERS HIJACKED TO CUBA Wet-Dry Vote At Fairfield? California Gets More Rain, Snow LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rain, hail and snow lashed out again Tuesday at California, particularly the south half of the state —already reeling from its most devastating weather disaster in 31 years. Lightning hit four jetliners in the air, but no one was injured. Two more bodies were found in the Los Angeles area, raising to 9J the. number of storm-related deaths since Jan. 18. One person was found dead under a j rain have fallen on the King collapsed retainingwall. _ The ! clty> ms brings the total rain- Lake Miller Full Rainfall Above January Average In Mt. Vernon T*Sffl*^?*£ Fear Israeli Attack ARAB MOB AT BRITISH EMBASSY By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A now Iraqi spy trial was re- poi iod under way today. Dom- 'i :isl'*»t(irs besieged Britain's Embassy in Baghdad today in l»r.itcst against British reaction to the mass execution Monday of 1 I men accused of spying foils: tel. Radio Baghdad announced 10,COO Iraqis marched on the "i)hnssy waving banners and denouncing "British imperialism" and "British interterence in Iraq's internal affairs." It. .i iid, however, they inflicted no damage and later dispersed. They were objecting to official P.; tisli statements denouncing tilt* hanginy of the 1-1, including i..ie Iraqi Jews, and a torchlight vigil Tuesday night by British Jews outside the Iraqi Embassy in London. Braced against the possibility (f reprisal, Iraq charged Israel MIAMI (AP) — Two U.S. airliners made back-to-back landings in Havana under hijackers' f.c.rnmands Tuesday as January's toll of pirated commercial aircraft soared to 10—half of last year's record number of nirimers hijacked to the Cuban capital. •\n Eastern Airlines jet, hi- Discuss Nuclear, Mideast Crisis When it rains in Mt. Vernon, it pours. ?ince Tuesday night, loc a 1 weather observer Howard Hea-jlnp to Havana early today ney says that 1.46 inches of WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Nixon and the National Se. , , „, , . , .„ canity Council met today to disliked Tuesday night with 10D | F ., HS L|N) . FM . S(JNATE ROTIF , CA . passengers and a crew of eight 1 a.ioard, completed the round The i crew and eight passengers re-! •ither body was in a" house crushed by flood waters. Unofficially, statewide property damage from nine days of torrential rains was estimated as high as $138 million. On an aerial tour of the state, Gov. Ronald Reagan oalled i it j "a great tragedy.". A spokes- 1 man for the governor said Pres- j ident Nixon has given his . per-1' sonal assurance that the federal: the city government will do whatever is j cr?eks are 4.26 in- in Jan- fall for the month to ches. Average rainfall navy is 3.27 inches. Heaney said Mt. Vernon has been drenched with 1.70 inches of rain since Sunday. Rain has flooded several base ments in the southwest section )f town and in other parts of FAIRFIELD— A wet-dry vote is expected. in Fairfield at an April 15 election. Petitions asking that a local option election be called are being circulated today.. Fairfield has been a "dry" town since the early 1940's. The only legal liquor sales in Wayne county, of which Fairfield is the county seat, is at a package liquor store near Sims. necessary to help the state Eight other persons believed lost under landslides or in torrents of water were listed as presumed dead and at least 20 others were missing. Inundated by 20 feet of. snow, resort areas' ,on the Eastern slope of the Hij|h Sierras braced for : more' snow and several lodges in the mammoth mountain area 250 miles-north of Los Angeles. were closed until further notice. Skiers trapped in the area for days were finally turned to Miami to tell of being ordered to Havana by three Negroes in "typical hippie dress" and alligator shoes, Capt. Robert J. Sullivan said one of the hippie hijackers issued the order to change course while holding a gun at the neck of a stewardess. The : J ,0 passengers and crew members aboard a National Airlines jet hijacked over the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday morning returned to Miami later in Casey Fork and other' the day, leaving in Havana two out of their banks [ men who said they were fugi- miles i uws fr° m a California prison. ..... It was the third time this year Vernon which had'.. , , , . , .... , . „ , hiat back-to-back hijackings of have and Lake Miller, seven no. th of Mt been five feet low is now flowing over the spillway. The inclement weather has also cancelled flights at the Mt. Vernon Airport. An Ozark Airlines, spokesman said that 8:15 a.m. and 11:19 a.m. flights today were cancelled. He said flights were expected to resume this afternoon. ' The rain has been accompanied by warm, spring- like wea- able to leave as another storm! thcr. Temperatures were in the approached.. Tuesday's storm hit after a 24 hour respite from a nine-day storm while authorities were still assessing -.revious damage. Three-tenths of an inch of rain in Los Angeles brought'the season's total to more than 17 and a ouartei* inches, two and a half times normal. low 50's Tuesday and at noon today , the mercury stood at '51 degrees. The weather- man is not very encouraging, calling for rain and thunderstorms through Thursday. Low temperatures tonight are expected to be in the 40's, with the highs for Thursday expected to again be in the 50's. |tion of the nuclear nonprolifera- jtion treaty—and perhaps to talk i ; ,ll out the tense Middle Eastern situation. Press secretary Ronald L. Kiegler said discussion of the treaty dominated the lengthy White House conference. But, in response to repeated questions fiom newsmen, he said lie could ! not rule out talk about the Middle East. Beyond saying that the American government has been "on record many times as deploring this cycle of incidents and retaliations" in the Mideast, Ziegler would not comment on events in tn ii part of the world. He re- terred his questioners to the State Department. was massing military units to ntfick the 20,000 Iraqi troops stationed in northern Jordan rear the Israeli frontier. There was no confirmation ations Israel was besot by high urged by the United States not to retaliate. The weather could be a factor in any immediate military operations! Israel was beset by high winds, rain and snow and Jordan was suffering from its wo,st snowstorm in 20 years. Pope Paul VI told a gathering of 5,000 at his weekly general Philadclphia-to-Miami i audience in Vatican City the | hanging of the nine Jews "has commercial airliners nave occurred, making January the busiest month for sky pirates ! K.nce the wave of hijackings be| (ran more than a decade ago. i Twenty commercial airliners from the United States, Mexico and South American countries I were forced to Cuba during all iof 1968. The Federal Aviation Administration in Miami said Sullivan radioed at 10:1? p.m. EST that he was changing course. At that point, the big jet was about 40 miles north of Fort Myers, Fla., on the run. National's jet was seized soon \ generated the suspicion that after it left New Orleans on ajmoiives of racism were in- scheduled flight from Los An-ivolyed." geles to Miami. Stewardess Vic- 1 The Roman Catholic pontiff, (Continued On Page 2 Col. 8) Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) LIVING COST JUMPED 4.7 PCT. LAST YEAR A PRESIDENT AND HIS DOG*-President Nixon Tuesday showed off Tim, his new six-month- old Irish Setter. The dog, a gift to the President from his staff, made his formal debut In the White' House Rose Garden. At right background are Sen. Everett Dlrksen, GOP Senate leader from Illinois, and Rep. Gerald Ford, hands in pocket, House Republican leader from Michigan. The Nixons have two other dogs—Vicfele, a poodle, and i Pasha, a Yorkshire terrier. \ • (AP Wirephoto) WASHINGTON (AP) — The rise in living costs slowed in December with an increase of two-tenths of one per cent, but 1968 still wound up with the sharpest annual hike in 17 years, totaling 4.7 per cent, the government said today. The Labor Department's consumer price index ended the year at 123.7, meaning it cost $12.37 last month for every §10 worth of typical family purchases in the 1957-59 period on which the index is based. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which supplied the figures, also reported that the average weekly earnings of some 45 million rank-and-file workers rose 5.5 per cent last year but "increases in consumer prices eroded most of this gain." Most of last month's increase in living costs was due to a six- tenths of one per cent rise in food prices and a five-tenths hike in housing costs. The bureau also reported an increase of two-tenths of one per cent in wholesale prices in December and a preliminary estimate of another eight-tenths this month, which would be the largest in three years. Wojjrst SJnce Korean War Thefl.968 rise of 4.7 per cent in Sirhan Defense p ue blo Captain Could T ° Get Medal • • • 0r Prison living costs, was the largest since the Korean War year of 1951 when federal wage-price controls were finally imposed to halt the rapid climb. Arnold Chase, assistant commissioner of the .Bureau of Labor Statistics, declined to en-, dorse the prediction of former' President Lyndon B. Johnson's j outgoing Council of Economic Advisers that the price rise would slow to, about three per cent this year. LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mw attack on selection of the gi and jury which indicted Sir- \ han Bishara Sirhan in the Rob- j Hrt F. Kennedy murder is planned ' by ' defense attorney Giant B. Cooper. Cooper indicated he would try to prove the grand jury was improperly chosen by a "blue ribbon" system by which judges lecomrriend the members. Such a method fails to produce a broad .cross-section of the peo- 1 pie, Cooper said. • A plan to question Los Angeles County's 133 superior court judges • was discussed Tuesday at a meeting between the defense, prosecution and tr'al judge, Herbert V. Walker. Cooper said later, "We dis- cupsed details on the motion to MU-ish the. grand jury indictment. We decided to give the judges questionaires to fill out instead of calling all of them as witnesses." Should the indictment be quashed, new indictment and trial proceedings would be nec-j esaary. Sirhan attended meeting Tuesday. ended the j CORONADO, Calif. (AP) The Medal of Honor or two years in prison and dismissed— so far they're the best and the worst that could happen to the skipper of the Pueblo, a Navy source says. But the court of inquiry investigating the Pueblo's capture might recommend no action at all, for or against Cmdr. Lloyd M. Bucher, one Navy lawyer said. Instead, be said, the court might recommend investigation of outfitting, armament, explosives to destroy secret materials and what to do when an intelligence ship is attacked. In an interview, Lt. Los Osborne of the 11th Naval District Law Center outlined what actions the court of inquiry could recommend to Adm. John J. Hyland, commander of the Pacific Fleet. One one hand, Osborne said, the court "can recommend any kind of lauditory action it deems appropriate, including a letter of commendation, early promotion. . .the sky's the limit." On the other hand, he said, it could: 1. Make no recommendation, letting the entire matter rest after the inquiry. 2. Recommend no action whatsoever. 3. Recommend nonpunitive actions such as investigations of outfitting or armament availability. 4. Suggest a nonpunitive letter to Bucher or any crewman that "your action was found to be remiss, but the nature of that failure in judgment did not violate regulations. This amounts to a written bawling out." 5. Recommend a punitive letter, or letter of reprimand, or admonition, saying "your conduct was found to violate regulations." Such a letter, Osborne said, could be considered when the recipient comes up for promotion. But Osborne said officers and crewmen have been promoted with such a letter in their files, if the rest of their records are clean. 6. Call for a court-martial. The worst sentence Bucher could get from a court-martial, if he is found guilty pf violating the only regulation he has been warned about so far, would be two.years in prison and dismissal, from the service, Osborne ~T1 ^jpMitinued On Page 2 Gol. 5)

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