Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on October 19, 1956 · Page 1
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Traffic Toll •recur'* vtnrt Accidents 1 1180 'Injury 0 167 Deaths o 2 •Accldenti Involving Injury ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for Afore Than 120 Years Weatftei* Alton af«n: OccaitonM JUwly Saturday, fxw Saturday r.iorninj: mfd-SO*. HlRh day afternoon low 80*. Established January 15, 1836 Vol. CXX1, No. 236 ALTON, ILL., FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1956. 18 PAGES 5c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press Adlai Raps Ike's Aides As Powers By JACK BELL LEXINGTON, Ky. HV-Adlal E. Stevenson launched a fresh attack on President Eisenhower's aides today. It came as his campaign manager was saying the presidential race has reached the point where "neither side is gainijig" and victory could be achieved by 'winning over the "undecided" voters. Stevenson fired a new broadside at Vice President Nixon, Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey and several other Cabinet members. The Democratic presidential nominee said in an advance text of a talk that as one example "a vote for Eisenhower is a vole for (Secretary of Agricullure) Benson, whose friendship for the furrncr depends on the proximity of an election." Stevenson's return to the assault of the men around Eisenhower appeared !o be related to a decision of his strategists that while they believe they have halted any political gains by the President, Sievenson's prospects also have leveled off. James E. Finnegan, Stevenson's campaign manager, said in his opinion the presidential contest has reached the point where voters who list themselves as undecided will tip the balance next month. Coming from a two-day swing through Michigan and Ohio, Stevenson ripped into Eisenhower's statement that Nixon is the "best qualified man to serve" as vice president. Asserting that the Republican congressional leaders value Eisenhower as a candidate but ignore Him as a party leader. Stevenson said that if Eisenhower is reelected, "the Republican party leadership team will take over." "What does this mean?" he asked. "It means that a vote for Eisenhower is a vote for Richard Nixon, because II the Republican President doesn't want to or can't be the real leader of the Republican party after the election, his vice president can and wants to be." Stevenson found somev refreshing backing from Democratic Gov. Frank J. Lausche in Ohio. Lausche is an independent- minded Democrat who voted for GOP Sen. Robert A. Taft in 1950. The governor said in Toledo, Elyria and Akron that he is voting for Stevenson with enthusiasm. Wai Hi Out ARMED DESPERADO— Patrolman John J. Sine- Donald of the Boston police department stops to question Billy The Kid, junior grade, at the Columbia Point housing project in Boston. Since no windows had been broken, he let the youngster go with a warning about being careful with his slingshot. (AP Photo) Strauss Says Tests Needed For Defense BATTLE CREEK, Mich. JP — The nation's atomic chief said today hydrogen bomb tests must be continued not only to assure new weapons but to provide data needed for civilian survival under enemy attack. Chairman Lewis L. Strauss ol the Atomic Enetgy Commission (AEC), in a speech prepared for a joint U.S.-Canadiau civil defense committee meeting, made no mention of Adlai Stevenson's proposal that this country take the lead in seeking an end to H-bomb tests. "In order to provide our people with the guidance and instruction which may later save their lives, Strauss said, "the civil defense authorities need constant access to new and up-to-date information about the effects of nuclear weapons of all types and sizes." He mentioned the effects of blast, heat and radiation among the data needed for civil deefnse. Strauss said the tests earlier this year at Eniwetok "placed heavy stress on the development of defensive weapons, Including nuclear warheads for missiles . which would be used against enemy attacks by land, sea or air." He referred also, as he has before, to developments there reducing the amount of radioactive fallout from the newer weapons, and added: "Exposure to radioactivity, as a vague, unproven danger to generations yet unborn must be weighed against the more immediate and infinitely greater dangers of defeat nnd perhaps of obliteration at the hands of an enemy who possesses nuclear weapons of mass destruction and who might have no compunction about using such weapons If he thought we were too weak to defend ourselves and retaliate In kind." Later, he said: "Our testing program is not •poisoning' the atmosphere. Soviet propagandists have been spreading that 'scare' for months, while conveniently neglecting to men- lion there own secret tests." Strauss quoted a report of the National Academy of Sciences this year as saying that biological damage from peacetime atomic activities, Including weapon tests, ' "has been essentially negligible" so far. Die Bangs At Adlaf s Draft Idea By MARVIN I>. ARROWSMITH PORTLAND, Ore. tfi — President Eisenhower, still banging away at Adlai Stevenson's mili- :ary draft and H-bomb views, ravels to California today "to continue to lay the facts on the White House press secretary James C. Hagerty indicated Eisenhower will fire another salvo of criticism at the Democratic presidential nominee in a major address in Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl tonight. In California, with 32 electoral votes, the President goes into the thick of a hot battle against the Democrats. Eisenhower carried the state in 1952, but Stevenson forces feel they have a good chance to win it this year. "The President plans to continue to lay the facts of the campaign on the line." Hagerty said in advance of Eisenhower's departure from Portland. The press secretary declined to say whether the President would hit once more — as he did in a nationwide television address from Portland Thursday night—at Stevenson's proposals that efforts be made to win world agreement on halting H-bomb tests, and that consideration be given to ending the military draft "in the foreseeable future." Overflow Audience An overflow audience in the 4,700-seat public auditorium applauded as Eisenhower — without mentioning Stevenson by name — said: "I have not promised you — nor do I ever intend to — that the way to defend peace or freedom is to abandon simultaneously our military draft and testing of our most advanced military weapons, under the circumstances of today's world. "For I know — as I believe all Americans know — that, without strength in this world of today, the road to surrender is paved with good intentions." The President made two speeches in Portland's Public Auditorium to capacity audiences. i New City Garage Near Completion The City Sanitation Department garage building on Front street at Oak is nearing completion, and Leo Fitzgerald, head of the department, said today that the building should be ready for occupnncy early in November. At the office of Keeney & Stolze, architects, it was estimated that about three weeks will be required to complete finishing details, on the building. The contract is held by Hellrung Construction Co. Work now is in progress to complete the roof of the building. The roof consists of a metal deck over which rigid insulation, an inch thick, is placed, and on this will go a standard tar-and- gravel roofing course. An important item of the project, still incomplete. Is the hanging of the doors. Delivery of the doors is expected in «about 10 days, it was said by the architects, and it will take but a short time to get them in place after their arrival. Final work will comprise the placing of plumbing and lighting fixtures, and installation of the heating units, also some painting, all of which awaits completion of the roofing job. The garage structure is of brick, conforming in construction to the nearby municipal garage erected several years ago through bond issue funds to muse Streets Department equipment. To be housed in the new sanitation department structure, erected by use of sales tax funds, is the city's fleet of refuse collection trucks. When the new building Is completed, the old Eliot hose house at 1500 East Broadway (foot of Plum street) which has been used as a sanitation department garage, will be abandoned and sold. The City Council already has authorized putting the build- ng on sale. 5,217,858 Are Registered In Illinois SPRINGFIELD — Illinois will lave 9,588 precincts" in the Nov. > general election, an increase of 77 from the April primary, Secretary of State Charles F. Carpentier said today. Total estimated registration In the state, based on figures submitted by count}' clerks, stands at 5.217,858, a decrease of 85,663 from the general election of 1952, Secretary Carpentier said. Cook County's registration of 2,610.000 is 134,671 less than four years ago, while downstate registration of 2,607,858 is an in- crase of 49,008. i Voters registered In Telegraph Seven Died area counties, and number of precincts in each county: County Voters Precincts Madison 127,00 137 Macoupin 31,000 62 Jtrsey 9,700 14 Calhoun 4,000 8 Greene 11.500 28 Bond 8,950 ,24 St. Clair 80,000 139 EXPLOSION KILLS SEVEN —Sticks fly through the air as flames shoot high during one of series of blasts from propane gas explosion that killed seven yesterday at Herrin. (AP Wirephoto) Army Engineers Plan To Lower * Pools A boveDam ' Army engineers have plans for drawing down all the pools behind the locks and dams upstream from Alton and even have made arrangements for drawing down the privately-owned Bagnell Dam, according to pverett T. Winter, executive vice president of the Mississippi Valley Association. Today's Chuckle Californian visiting in Texas: "Now in my state we can grow a tree like that one over there in about a year. How long did it take you to grow it?" Texan: "Can't say for sura. But it wasn't there yester-* day." (Copr. Gen. Fea. Corp.) Even with this water, there i a possibility of a brown-out i the St. Louis area because o insufficient cooling water for th' mammoth generating plants in St. Louis, Winter declared. Without heavy rains in th next few weeks, even with thes drawdowns, shipping on the riv er will be greatly handicappet between now and late Novem her and probably stopped b; that time. By December, White added, the St. Louis area am the cities below St. Louis migh not be out of xvater for domesti and industrial purposes, bu their water could be gettin 'pretty thick and pretty strong' ,Winter said that the Vallej Association is studying the legal ity of the release of more wate from Lake Michigan. Five thou sand cubic feet per second more water from this source woulc raise the water level over thi lower sill at Alton by almost a foot. A preliminary opinion 03 the lawyers was to the effec that the Secretary of the Army has the authority to order thi: diversion if it is to aid naviga tion. It takes an order from the Supreme Court to increase di version for pollution abatement Barring any legislative difficulty, which Winter does not anticipate, actual construction of weir (low-water) dam to permanently aid navigation at Alton Lock can be started next summer. • It should be sufficiently completed to raise the water level at Alton by the fall of 1958. Winter said that the Engineers gave him no assurance that this structure could be far enough along to be of help during the low water months of 1957-58. The St. Louis area has been living on the water from the Missouri River reservoirs for months, Winter said, but that water is about exhausted. Plucked From Ocean DEATH PASSED THEM B?-Passen ( Always Stratoorulser that 01 «g and personnel aboard the Pan Ameri AAA •„•" i ..-•-,,- •--""--,—- ,,-„* -~™hed In the Pacific Tuesday, more than 1.000 miles from San Francisco, have already taken to life rafts shortly after plane hit water, Plane is shown wallowing in water, parts of it already broken off. They were picked up by poast Guard ship Pontchartraltt. (AP Wirenhoto) 3 Grass Fires Quelled In City Three grass fires quelled by Alton firemen Thursday represented a slight upturn in alarms Residents of Alton have been exercising caution, apparently following Fire Chief Lewis warning earlier this week. Drought conditions all over HI inois have created extreme fire hazards, particularly in woodec areas, and today Director Glen D. Palmer of the state Department of Conservation asked everyone to join in a program of careful control of fire in every form. "The whole state is d r y," Palmer declared. "Even the bottomlands have dried out. It is serious and we've been lucky so far. A few careless smokers, campers or picnickers could erupt a third of the state in a disastrous blaze." The Division of Forestry has moved all of its foresters off their regular jobs and put them on 24-hour fire duty, including week ends. State parks personnel have been alerted and some sections of several parks have been closed to public use. Jersey County has been the most recent hot spot, with three fires in one week, one of which burned a portion of Pere Marquette State Park. Forestry fire control workers iave set up an' emergency pa- rol and radio system in Jersey, Pike, Greene and Calhoun coun- ies. Alton grass fire alarms Thursday were: to Plainview terrace at 1:18 p. m. and to 2300 E, Broadway at 4:30 p. m., both answered by No. 4 company, and to Wesley and Hampton" at p. m., answered by No. 2. * River Stages x>ck & Dam 36 W. Bureau 7 a.m. Stationary Stage -3.3 (Zero 383.48 M.S.UI Sea i*vel I a.m. Pool 418.65 Tailwater 392.15 Seven Dead In Herrin Explosion HERRIN, 111. w _ Escaping propane gas erupted last nigh into a searing sheet of flame tha mushroomed from a bottled gas plant with flame-thrower effect. Seven persons were fatally in jured, six others were bad!; burned and five homes and th gas plant warehouse were de stroyed. Of the dead, three died today. The flash fire set off a series of explosions. Gas tanks exploded like bombs, hurling metal fragments 100 yards away. Witnesses said other propane tanks exploded "Like blowtorches." William Mortimer, who escapee injury although his house in the heart of the stricken neighborhood was destroyed, told of running out side to find three neighbors "wer human torches." List of Dead The dead were: , Fred Kerley, 62. Mrs. Elizabeth Kerley, 62, hi wife. Charlotte Jarvis, U. Robert Lee Keller, 5. Oscar Williams, 38. Mrs. Violet Williams, 33, his wife Freddie Williams, 3, their son Children at play were swept by the flames. Some of the destroyec houses were blown apart but the flash fire apparently had the mos lethal effect. Hospital attendants said nearly all of the dead and injured hac third degree burns over 40 to 90 per cent of their bodies. "The Kerleys and Freddie Williams were human torches," Mrs Mortimer said. "Mrs. Kerley was lying on the sidewalk. I took her by the hand and lifted her to her feet. Her clothes were completely burned from her, and I got a chair covering to put over her," Tells of Horror Authorities said the gas, escap ing from a ruptured Line from a gas truck, apparently spread to the nearby residential area and was ignited by an open flame in one of the homes. Doctors, describing a scene of horror at the Herrin Hospital, said of the injured, "There are a lot we won't be able to do anything for." Fifteen physicians attending a conference in Herrin aided in treatment of the victims. Blood ?lasma was rushed from nearby .owns. The American Red Cross declared the stricken neighborhood a disaster area. Wright Testifies He Helped To Disclose Hodge Embezzling In Fund Drive Chest Passes Halfway Mark Alton-Wood River Community Chest drive has surpassed 51 per cunt of its goal at the end of 10 days, according to an announcement by Dudley K. Gibt-rson, general campaign chairman. "The prospects are bright of i — completing the drive by Oct. 31, i on schedule," said Giberson. j 'We urge all chairmen and I workers who have not completed their calls to do so immediately. Partial reports of business and plant solicitation should be submitted daily, if possible. "Contributors who have been contacted can greatly aid the cause by mailing their pledge or gift today to the Chest worker who contacted them." Giberson pointed out that solicitors are volunteers who are giving time as well as money to the drive. Thus far, 5131,975.80 of a goal Investigate Wood River Card Games WOOD RIVER — Steps to- Ex-Auditor Asked Aid In Covering By EARL AYKROIT) CHICAGO wi - State Treasurer Warren Wright told a U. S. Senate committee today he helped uncover the embpx.xlcmcnts of State Auditor Orville E. Hodge. Wright traced his suspicion of his fellow Republican to the spring of this year. Sen. Fulhright (D-Ark), chairman of the Senate Banking and Currency Committee, commented: "I don't understand why you or others in Springfield didn't suspect what was going on." , He made the comment after ward rigid ^enforcement, of the | Wright related he first became sus- City Council's gambling ban — strongly reiterated earlier this picious in April or May. He said he had heard that Hodge's suite in the week - were taken Thursday i S t. Nicholas Hotel in Springfield afternoon after authorities re- had been decorated, and that of $257,344 has been pledged or a ]ocal tavern _ ceived complaints of gambling at. Plan Patrol of Rural Roads Pre-Halloweeii Pranksters Damage 12 Mail Boxes EDWARDSVILLE — Orders vent out from the sheriff's of- ice Thursday' for nightrider- deputies to patrol roads in rural areas against pre-Halloween vandalism following reports of damage to 12 ma.il boxes on Pin Oak road, east of here. Most of the 12 mall bflxes reported damaged were knocked town, apparently by automobile mmpers, In front of the home of At- orney and Mrs. Jesse R. Brown, on Pin Oak road, however, a name plate was twisted from a tout supporting post and the arge rural delivery mailbox orn from its bolts, Similar acts ol vandalism have been reported before Halloween in the same general area in recent years, the sheriff's office said. So far, Chief Deputy Joseph F. Kellermann said, there has been no recurrence of other mischief in rural areas such as the overturning the past two years of piles of straw baled in fields along country roads and dump- Ing of bales on the highways, causing a serious traffic hazard. Report of the damage to mail boxes, six of which were stationed at each of two locations along Pin Oak road, has been made to postal authorities for investigation also, collected. New figures reported since yesterday are: -Alton mercantile, SI ,357.45 and industria employes and executives, section 1, $45J26.25. County Retail Sales Show Slight Drop Retail sales in Madison County, as reflected by the receipts from the Illinois 2',2-per cenl sales tax, showed a slight fall ing off in June as compared to May, reports of the State Reve nue Department show. July collection of the tax in curred by sales in June in Madi son County amounted to $481, 245. the report shows. This wa a decrease of 511,855 as com pared to the collection of $493, 100 on May transactions. Although the tax revenue de clined on June sales, the num ber of taxpaying retailers in creased. For June 3,149 were listed, as compared to 3,134 for May. In Alton, Wood River, Ed wardsville and other large merchandising points in the county collections from the state sales tax incurred in June, increased thus running contrary to the trend for the county as a whole. In Alton, the tax collected for June was $133,323 compared to $128,830 collected for May. In Wood River, the collection was $35,762 compared to $33,579. And in Edwardsville, the collection was $38,427 compared to $37,487. Alton had 697 June taxpayers compared to 682 in May. Wood River had 222 compared to 223, and Edwardsville had 267 compared to 264. None of the foregoing figures nclude the }«>-cent sales tax imposed by cities, but refer only to :he state's own occupational impost. In other Madison County municipalities, the state report shows, July collections of the state's sales levy on June transactions was as follows: Bethalto, $3,750; East Alton, $26,585; Hart- 'ord, $4,389; Roxana, $10,273; Cottage Hills, $3,437; Rosewood Heights, $245; South Roxana, 1,163; Godfrey, $4,278; Moro, $326; Fosterburg, $435; Worden, ;i,918; Hamel, $1,694; Dorsey, 359, and Glen Carbon, $820. Spotty' The Dog Finds New, Good Owners LEXINGTON, Mass. UV-To the ittle boy who used to own "Spot- y," the dog: Don't worry about lim, he is in good hands. He is living with Air Force Maor and Mrs. Lorenzo J. Bonnano. Mrs. Bonnano found the hungry- ooking mongrel pup. Attached to he dog's collar was this note; "Whoever finds this dog, please ake care of him. He is a good .vatchdog. His name is Spotty. "We can't keep him because my husband isn't working, "He belonged to my little boy. 'lease be good to him. "My son is praying for someone o take his dog in and be good to inn. He loved him so much. So did we. "Thank you, whoever you may be, and God bless you." Mrs. Bonnano said she wants he youngster, whoever be is, to (now that "Spotty" is in good hands. Following receipt of the complaints, City Manager R a y Harbaugh ordered immediate investigation by a police officer and the tavern owner was given a stern warning that gambling, especially poker, is prohibited. Only several days ago the City Council stood pat on its three- year-old no-gambling policy after three tavern owners and an "interested" citizen approached the councilmen with a request for resumption of back-room gambling. The official action was taken after an anonymous tipster told the Telegraph Thursday that gambling was in progress at the Ferguson avenue tavern. A Telegraph reporter was assigned to the tavern and observed three games, apparently rum, being played. No money was seen lying on the table, but at one game money was observed changing hands. The cash was kept in the players' shirt pockets. Following completion of one hand the winner was seen collecting what appeared to be more than $1 from the rest of the players. One of the games was being played in the front of the tavern and the other two were in operation in the rear. About four players were at each table. A fourth game broke up shortly after the reporter arrived and one of the participants returned a deck of cards, to the bartender. From inside the box of cards he took some change and placed it in a shelf behind the bar. After being informed of the games, Harbaugh immediately sent Sgt. Clarence Vollentine to the tavern. The city manager said this morning Vollentine reported later that no money was on the tables but some of the players had change in their shirt pockets. The officer reported the games being played were rum. The city manager said the city is less concerned with "petty" rum games than with poker and will make immediate arrests If poker games appear. Elevator Crushes Woman To Death LOUISVILLE, Ky. Iff) - A 24- year-old woman medical student was crushed to death by an elevator in General Hospital ns eight persons on the elevator watched, unable to help. One witness said he grabbed for Mary Ann Logan in an attempt to save her but "she just went out of reach." Hodge had paid for the work with a state check for more than $5,000. Hodge, ousted from his state job, was scut to prison lor embezzling an estimated I'.a million dollars in state cash. Wright testified that he was summoned to Hodge's office June 10. Hodge told him, he said, that George Thiem, a Chicago Daily News reporter, had obtained some voucher numbers and was trying to get the vouchers. Asked to Withhold Records "Hodge wanted me to withhold any records in my office from Thiem," Wright said. "I told him my office was open to everybody." Wright's office receives copies of records from the auditor's office. He said Hodge put a "news blackout" on his office and wanted Wright to do likewise. Wright said he later told Gov. William G. Stratton that, "things in the auditor's office don't look good to me." He added that he offered to make a thorough check of records from the auditor's office and to submit them to the Republican governor. The state treasurer said he mada photostatic copies of 21 state warrants (checks) that seemed suspicious and laid them on Gov. Stratton's desk July 5. He quoted the governor as saying: "Well, Warren, it looks lika somebody is going to the peniten- liary." The governor, in his testimony Thursday before the Democratic- controlled committee, reported he had ordered an investigation of the auditor's office by the Illinois Budgetaty Commission July 5 and followed up with the posting of a police guard over the records, Bunkers Contributed Wright said some bankers made contributions to his losing campaign for the Republican nomination for governor in the primary election in April of this year." He was questioned about an organization known as the "Million Friends of Warren Wright." He said that group of supporters collected $57,100 for his campaign, and also gave him a station wagon, trailer and jeep. The state treasurer reported he has about ISO million dollars in state funds on time deposit in banks. The state receives 1 per cent interest on them. There also are non-interest-bearing demand deposits of about 55 million. Stratton, who is running for reelection, testified Thursday at his request. During nearly 3!a hours of testimony, Stratton said he was powerless, under the state constitution, tu interfere with other elected officials. Hu testified that once the embezzlements were known, he took "firm, effective" action la gelling rid of Hodge, By Following Hoover Report Tells GAAC U. S. Could Save $5 Vz Billion a Year Five and a half billion dollars year in governmental expenses could be saved if the idministration would complete ntegration of the Hoover Commission's report. The Greater Alton Associa- ;ion of Commerce civic action uneheon audience Thursday at Mineral Springs Hotel was told his morning by John J. Meelan, regional manager for the Northern Central Division of the United States Chamber of Commerce. Meehan had served as liaison man between the U. S. C. ol C, * t and the Hoover committee during its two-year investigations, While 1957 Is the second successive years during which the United States budget will bo balanced, Meehan said, the balance was attained by increasing revenue rather than by reducing expenditures. The 1957 budget, he said, would be the second highest since World War II. Meehan urged the audience to write both President EUen. hower and the Congressmen urging observance of tha Hoover Commission's report.

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