Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on October 23, 1956 · Page 1
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Traffic Toll Tod*y'« VMr'i Accidents Sfc 1106 •Injury 0 1T0 Deaths 0 2 'Accident* Invotvtni tnjur* ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 120 Years Weatfte* Alton area: Cool** tMtftit. Wftimfir Wednesday. \Vednenday mornffijt hi 40*. Higfieftt Wednesday noon In upper 70s. Established January 15, 1836 Vol. CXXI, No. 239 ALTON, ILL., TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1956. 18 PAGES 5c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press Little Says Thomae 'Sold Out* EDWARDSVILLE — Elaborating on his "break" with GOP County Chairman Charles O. Thomae, Republicna candidate for recorder of deeds George E. Little Jr. told the Telegraph exclusively today that Thomae "has sold out the Republican Party In Madison County." Little charged In his statement to the Telegraph that Thomae is "going through the motions" of supporting various local Republican candidates. He specifically charged that Thomae is not backing Edward D. Groshong, Republican nominee for state's attorney, against the Democratic candidate, Dick Mudge. Little said he (Little) is supporting Groshong to the limit. In a statement to the Telegraph Monday, Little said he did not want to be affiliated with two of his Republican County Ticket running mates, Ralph T. Smith, of Alton, who is seckig re-election as state 'representative, and William G. Straube of Edwardsville, party nominee for coroner. Little did not give any details as to why he wants to be disassociated with those two candidates but he said he will tell the story In time. Continuing his charges against Thomae, Little, who operates an insurance and real estate agency in Edwardsville, said Thomae has been making "deals" with both Republican and Democrats in Madison and St. Clair counties. He said the butt of one of those deals is Charles A. O'Neil, Republican candidate for circuit blerk. Little quoted Thomae as telling him that two "prominent persons" in Madison County came to him (Thomae) and asked that O'Neil be taken off the Republican ticket. Thomae, according to the recorder of deeds candidate, told him that those t wo persons wanted O'Neil off the ticket because he (O'Neil) had been on the payroll of former State Auditor Orville Hodge. L i t U e defended O'Neil's position in the former auditor's office claiming he held a legitimate post and was in no "way implicated in any embezzlement made by Hodge, He said he checked Thomae's personally contacting the two "prominent persons" and they told him they did not approach the GOP chairman asking him to scratch O'Neil from the ticket. Little told the Telegraph he does not care if he loses his race for the county office because he is more interested in cleaning up what he called the mess in the Republican Party in Madison County, Youth Admits He Dynamited School GREENUP, Ky. Uft-A 12-year- old boy who said he "liked to go to school" and "didn't have anything against the teacher" admi't- ted ,he and another youth dynamited the Upper Alcorn School last Tuesday, according to Sheriff Delbert McKenzie, who said the boy "just thought it would make a hole in the ground." They were released in custody of their parents. They Will Knoi-k on YOUR Door Soon KEAJDY TO GO—Women who will participate in the neighborhood canvass for Community Chest funds in Alton area this week watch as Mrs. Earl Gaylord, chairman (left) looks over plans with co-chairman, Mrs. Edward K. DuVivier. Staff Photo Ike To Get Physical Examination WASHINGTON (fl — President Eisenhower, described by his press secretary as in "fine" health, will undergo a complete new physical examination this weekend. Announcing this late Monday, press secretary James C. Hagerty said a report on the results will be made public no later than next Monday morning. He told questioning reporters he did not know whether it would be possible to set up a news conierence with some or all of the eight physicians who will take part in the examination. Eisenhower told newsmen Aug. 8 he planned a new physical examination before the election and that if it showed him unfit for a second term he would tell the people so. Two campaign utterances by Eisenhower were on tap today. The White House said he would issue a promised statement on hydrogen bomb testing. This is designed as a new reply to the repeated suggestions of Adlai E. Stevenson, the Democratic presidential nominee, that the United States should take the lead in el- forts toward ending H-bomb tests. Tonight Eisenhower is scheduled to address a dinner of the Carpenters and Joiners Union. The President has just two television broadcasts scheduled this week. One is a prfegram Wednesday afternoon during which he will be questioned by a panel of seven women; the other is the speech he will deliver in New York City's Madison Square Garden Thursday night. There has been renewed interest in the H-bomb test issue since Russian Premier Bulganin, in a letter which Eisenhower denounced as interference in U. S internal affairs, renewed last week his proposal for an agreement to ban all atomic weapons tests, both conventional and hydrogen. Eisenhower termed this proposal "simply a mirage." Steven son said he shares Eisenhower's resentment at its manner and timing, but believes it should be followed up. To Inf orm Public Meeting Tonight OnManagerPlan At 8 tonight In Alton High School auditorium, the Alton League of Women Voters has scheduled a public''meeting to Inform the voting populace of the city of plans for establishing a council-manager form of government for Alton. Launches Neiv Season Qvic Orchestra Offers Its First Twin Bill Opener By P. S. COUSLEY Civic Orchestra followers got their first double bill performances Monday night as the organization opened a new season at West Junior High Auditorium. Martha Detherage, soprano, and Robert Oldham, pianist, of the Monticello College faculty both appeared as soloists with the orchestra under direction of Max Steindel. The first-night crowd brought each back for an encore. Mrs. Detherage added an aria from Puccini's "Tosca" to the four brief songs she had programmed: "Divinites du Styx" from Gluck's "Alceste" and Grieg's "The Swan," "I Love Thee," and "A Dream." Oldham's programmed piece was von Weber's Konzertstuck in F Minor, a brilliant and technique-requiring piece of pianism and orchestration which was the fore-runner of the modern concerto. Oldham responded with Chopin's C Major Etude. Mrs. Detherage, though in her second year on the Monticello staff, was making her first major local public appearance. Her voice would come under the heading of dramatic soprano, .well suited in particular for the Cluck piece, and able to give added, richness to her Grieg songs. The orchestra acquitted itself better than on any previous occasion in the difficult accompanying role for a vocalist. Oldham, better known to Alton audiences as an organist and choral director, had one of his rare opportunities to demonstrate his fine abilities at the piano keyboard. The Weber gave him a good chance to span the contrast between fiery dynamism and the calm, singing ideas included in the piece.' The principal orchestral piece was one of Charles Gounod's two symphonies, No. 1 in D. Major, This composer of "Faust" did well with the o^nera — too well; perhaps. It "typed" him, and he eventually became known for only that, so that his other writings became unduly neglected. Last night's hearing of the symphony prompts the injection of the "unduly," even though much if it sounds as if Gounod might have been > looking over Bizet's shoulder when the latter was composing his lone but increasingly popular symphony. Opener was the overture to Handel's "Theodora," with Berlioz' "Roman Carnival" overture for th,e garrison finish. , Dr. Paul Krueger of Ferguson Mo., a member of the Ferguson city planning commission and citizens committee, will speak He served as Ferguson councilman for two years during the council-manager form of govern- rrient shortly after the system was inaugurated there. Main purpose of tonight's meeting is formation of a 21-person board to represent a citizens committee on behalf of the Council-Manager plan. Three members from each ward will be appointed. Rumors are false that the petitions being circulated by the League would be set up—if successful—a council of 14 aldermen under the council-manager plan according to a spokesman for the League. Mrs. William (Andrea) Hunger, chairman of the League's council - manager committee, said today she had conferred with the League's attorney, John Coppinger, and was told the petitions are correctly worded to provide eventually for a four- man city council, plus a mayor and city manager. More than 1,700 persons have signed the petitions which have been circulated two weeks by League members. The number of signers needed is 1,297. How ever, said Mrs. Hunger, mor8 signatures are to be secured by the end of this week. The League intends to secure enough signatures to insure the validity of the petitions even though there may be some duplication (either on purpose or accidentally), Also, there may be a few out-of-city residents who, unknowingly, signed a petition. An abundance of signatures will offset any such errors, it was said. The plan is to submit the petition to County Judge Michael Kinney. He is to order the City Council to call a referendum election in January. If the voters of the city's 33 precincts approve the council-manager plan, the four councilmen and mayor would be elected next April. Usual procedure, following approval of the council-manager system, is for the council and mayor to select a trained city manager from a "clearing house" list of professional men who have experience and training as executives. The League has set up a speakers' bureau and will be glad, said Mrs. Hunger, to send a speaker to any group or organization that wishes to learn more of the council-manager form of government. Loot Is Returned To Official of Firm SALT LAKE CITY ff - Police say $1,249 taken from two safes in Continental Insurance Agency over the weekend was found on the doorstep of Continental Vice President H. 0. Molitor's house wrapped in a copy of the newspaper which carried an account of the burglary. Police had no idea how it got there. River Stages Lock tc 0am 29 W Bureau 7 ».m. Rise .25 Stage, -2.4 <Z«ro 398.48 M.S.U) Sea Level / §.m. Pool 419.00 393.85 U.S. Fears Russia May Use Force By JOHN SCALI WASHINGTON tffl — Top U.S. officials fear Russia may yet take drastic action — possibly including force — to smash Communist Poland's drive for independence. In their view, the most dangerous phase of the struggle for control of Poland is just beginning, with the Kremlin apparently undecided about its countermove. American diplomatic officials said Soviet leaders scarcely will sit back and let Poland slip out of their control because: 1. If successful, Poland's example in defying Moscow may be followed throughout Russia's satellite empire, 2. Kremlin leaders, led by Nild- ta Khrushchev, Soviet Communist boss, undoubtedly realize their future may be in jeopardy if they can be accused of fumbling away a chunk of the satellite domain left by Joseph Stalin. 3. An independent Poland would cease to be a buffer against the kind of surprise attack Nazi Germany launched in 1941. Further, it might imperil communications with Soviet army and air force units in East Germany. Responsible officials stressed a belief that Poland's drive for independence broke so fast that the Kremlin was caught by surprise. Now that the initial shock has eased, they said, Khrushchev and other top Kremlin leaders undoubtedly are considering counter- steps. These U.S. officials said the possibility of outright military force cannot be ruled out even though Soviet leaders apparently have avoided resorting to any such steps thus far. 48 Floats Entered In Parade Forty-eight floats and 13 musica Imits have been entered in th< Halloween Parade, Oct. 31, ac cording to Ed Long, chairman o the East End Improvement As sociation's parade committee. The prizes for school children i the parade will be raised this year the committee decided at its meet ing Monday night. The prizes wil be $25 for first, $15 for second J10 for third, and 15 other prize of $5 each. Musical units entered in the pa rade include Alton Municipa Band, Alton High Band, Ainac Shriners Drum & Bugle Corps East Junior Band, St. Louis Girl Drum & Bugle Corps, West Jun ior Band, East Alton Angels Drum & Bugle Corps, Roxana High Band Wood River Drum & Bugle Corps Central Junior Band, Royal Pan thers Drum & Bugle Corps, Altoi Legion Post 126 Drum & Bugl Corps, and North Junior Band. Floats in {he parade will includi Gent Floral, Shurtleff College, Car ter Brothers, Alton Auxiliary Police, Alton Schools Searchlight Block's Ice Cream, Theta Omicron Sorority. Cub Pack 28, VFW Aux iliary 1308, Luer Brothers, Jay cees, Fred Theen Insurance, Y Teens, and Alton Telegraph. Reilley Brothers, Laclede Stee Co. Cub Pack 123, Del Cherry Boat & Motors, Milton Greenhouse Beta Sigma Phi, Mariner Troop 45 United Steelworkers Local 3643 Future Homemakers of America Piasa Bird, Black Hawk Club, Al ton Boy's Club. Onized Club, W I. Godwin OJtice Supply, am Main Street Methodist Church. Barber Shop Quartet, Foster burg 4-H Club, Boy 'Scout Troop 3, Indian Guide Black Foot Tribe Dee Floral Shop, Explorers Pos 26, Square Deal Radio Shop, Al Manns-Turkey Farm, Alton Brake Service, Gruesome Eight, Junior Girls of VFW Post 1308, Alton Motorboat Club, Commander Scouts Wiegand Oil Co., Madison County Association lor Retarded ChDdren Hill Top Sales Barn, Buster Bott ling Co., Explorers Troop 76, anc Cub Pack 45. Pleads Guilty In Blinding Of Riesel ,NEW YORK W—A 43-year-old ex-convict, one of eight men in dieted in the acid blinding of col umnist Victor Riesel, switched his plea from innocent to guilty Mon day night Joseph Carlino was taken under heavy guard to an unusual nigh session of the U.S. District Cour to change his plea. There were reports he was "cooperating" with federal authorities arid might turn government witness. Carlino, labor racketeer John Dioguardi and six other men are charged with conspiracy to ob struct justice in the April 5 attack on Riesel. Carlino allegedly hired the thug who thresv the acid in Riesel's face. The attack came shortly before Riesel was to testify before a rackets grand jurj'i authorities said. Federal Judge Frederick Van Pelt Bryan set Nov. 9 for sentenc ing Carlino, The trial of Dioguard and the others is scheduled to begin the same day. Dioguardi, alleged masterminc behind the attack, is free in $100,000 bail. The other defendants are held in jail in liew of $100,000 bail each. Friends After All POLITICAL PATHS CUOSS—Gov. Frank J. Luusche, a Democrat who seeks the U, S. Senate seat now held by Republican George H. Bender (left), had just finished a television campaign speech when this picture was token, and a moment later Bender was tearing into Lausche's record from the same Cleveland studio, But for a moment they paused for a handclasp, (AP Wirepboto) Sandbar and Forkeyville Operators Arrested; Mudge Files Gambling Charges Man, 84, Dies in Fall From Wall Found on the Alton street sidewalk, midway between Broadway and Third, where he apparently had fallen from the high wall on the easterly side of the Bell Telephone Co. exchange premises, John William Tenison, 84, of Cottage Hills was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital where he was moved in a Staten ambulance at 5:30 a. m. today. Tenison's fatal fall is believed by the police to have occurred at 5:18 a. m. A gold watch carried in the pocket of his shirt was found to have stopped at that time. Police said the elderly man was found by Isaac Young of 228 Broadway, who made an immediate call to the police desk. Investigating officers reported that Tenison lay at a point about 40 feet north of a driveway to the rear of the Foster Drug Store building, and beneath the corner of a retaining wall surmounted by a railing. The wall was estimated about 30 feet high. Examination revealed Tenison had incurred a head injury and leg fractures. It was conjectured, the report states, that Tenison had wandered up the driveway into the telephone company premises, whence he dropped from the wall. In subsequent investigation police learned that the elderly man had become a resident ol the Stahl boarding home, 313 E. Third St., about 10 days ago. There he shared a room with Harry Bohart, Bohart, according to the report, said Tenison had been restless last night, had talked much of the time, and left the room about 4:30 a. m. Wayne Tenison. of Edwards street, Cottage Hills, a son of the victim of the fall, told police that his father's eyesigh had failed to a point where he could discern little more than to tell light from darkness. Mr. Tenison, who had resided at 1223 Main St., Alton, for 20 years prior to moving to Cottage Hills five years ago to make his home with his son, Wayne, was born in Mt, Vernon, Ind. His parents were the late Mi-, and Mrs. Jacob Tenison. His wife, the former Miss Magnolia Hall, died in 1926, and he also was preceded in death by two daughters and a son, Surviving in addition to his son, Wayne, are two other sons, Wendell of Chicago, and John E., of Ft. Worth, Tex., a daughter, Mrs. Opal Clabaugh, Wood River, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral rites will be conducted Friday at 2 p. m. in Smith Funeral Home, Alton. Friends may visit the funeral home after 7:30 p. m. Wednesday. Swarm Of Wasps Killed In City HaU Alton Town Board, with a 100 per cent attendance 1 , assembled Monday night in the Council cham- >er of City Hall with no realization he meeting room had been the icene of vast insect carnage less than two hours earlier. City Clerk Price, visiting the louncil room shortly before he was to start home at 5 p.m., found he chamber filled with buzzing wasps. A window had been inad- 'ertently left open when the room was dusted in advance of the scheduled Town Board session. and the paper-making insects had >oured in like swarming bees fol- owing their queen into a lu've. Price called for a "waspicide" vhich was liberally sprayed and the room then closed tight. On his •eturn about 6:30, he found the loor of the chamber covered with dead wasps. He found it necessary o have the desk tops brushed off and the floor completely swept to •emove the insect carcasses. Only one surviving buzzing wasp was to be observed when aldermen assembled. NO BATHING BEAUTIES—Picture which Democratic state's attorney candidate Dick Mudge informed the Telegraph was taken at the Sandbar tavern by a special investigator. Mudge signed complaints against the Sandbar and Forkeyville Nite Club charging gambling. New Government Polish Shakeup Seen Imminent BY COLIN FROST WARSAW, Poland C3 3 ) — Wild anti-Russian demonstrations were reported from three major Polish cities today. Angry crowds in Wroclaw, the former German city of Breslau stormed the headquarters of the Polish-Russian Friendship Society and tore down and trampled on Soviet flags. A western eyewitness said the crowds yelled "Rokossovsky to Siberia!" and "tell the truth about the Katyn murders!" Marshal Konstantin Rokossov- sky, a Soviet Red army hero of World War II, is the Polish defense minister who was ousted Sunday from the United Workers (Communist) party Politburo in a purge of Stalinists. The Katyn forest was the scene of -the machine gunning of 10,000 Polish officers in 1940, before Russia entered the World War. The Russians, who had moved in to occupy eastern Poland, denied Western charges that they did the killing. Similar demonstrations were reported from Stettin and the university of Karkow. All three towns are near the Polish border with Communist East Germany. The demonstrations came as Parliament was called into session here amid public celebration of the nation's newly proclaimed independent course. A government shakeup appeared imminent. A mass of new rumors of Soviet troop and warship movements in and around Poland were discount- ed. Most Poles thought the threat had passed of Russian military intervention to halt Warsaw's disentanglement from Moscow controls. The meeting of the parliamentary body, called the Sejm, is its first since tough, anti-StalinisI Wladyslaw Gomulka took control of the ruling Polish Workers (Communist) party and prom ised to free this Communist coun try from Soviet domination. A government shakeup, placing all the organs of the state firmly in the hands of the new party leaders, may be announcec through the Parliament in a few days. The reorganization possibly wil include the removal of Soviet Konstantin Rokossovsky as defense minister. Rokossovsky lee the pro-Moscow faction that was ousted from the Politburo, the ruling group of the party, when Gomulka and his backers took over Sunday" night. Today's Chuckle Man at telephone: "No, no, operator! The name is Zilch! Zilch! . .Z! . ..Z!No, notC! ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRST UVWXYZ!" > (Copyright, 1956 General Features Corp.) To Qualified Groups Rock Spring Community Center To Be Open Nov. 1 Groups that may want to use Rock Spring Community Center for'meetings may apply at the Alton Recreation Department to do so after Nov. 1, Supt. of Recreation Harold Bean announced today. He said the Playground & Recreation Board at its meeting Monday night decided to offer the building for public use of; qualified groups as of the first of next month. The Recreation Commission met Monday evening. The board decided the official name for the recreation building will be "Rock Spring Community Center." Supt. Bean was instructed to write a letter to the Upper Alton Cemetery informing the cemetery board that the Recreation Commission desires to annex to he city the Upper Alton Ceme- ;ery and the Municipal Golf Course, The Recreation Commission also instructed Bean to send reports to City Council members, nforming them of the sales tax 'unds. roughly $36,200, that have seen received and how much ms been spent and where it was spent. The Commission authorized the purchase and installation of a furnace at the Northside Shelter House. The heating system at the Northside Shelter has been temporary and over the years the floor of the building during the winter months, has been heated adequately for comfort. Because of the program to be developed in the Rock Spring Community Center, Bean was instructed to send two employes to t h e Illinois Recreation Con ference Nov. 10 to receive training. Mr. John Kennett, chairman of the golf committee, reportec that at Alton Municipal Golf Course,' 23,354 rounds were played, while Rock Spring Course to date had 17,125 for a total of 40,. 479. The fees at Municipal Course this year to date total $12,848,16 and the fees at Rock Spring Golf Course this year to date total $8,331.60. Receipts for the two courses amount to J21479.76. This compares with Alton Municipal Course 195| operation through Oct. 14 when the revenue was 515,115.W. Says Ogle Permits Games (Text of Mudge Statement Page 2) EDWARDSVILLE —Operators of two taverns on the eastern outskirts of Alton were arrested early this morning on gambling charges brought by Democratic State's Attorney Candidate Dick II. Mudge Jr., of Edwardsville. Named in separate warrants charging "keeping a common gaming house," issued about 1:30 a. m. by Madison Police Magistrate* John Gitchoff upon Mudge'i complafnts, were John Vam- baketes, as operator of Sandbar Tavern, and Roy Mitchell, as proprietor of the Forkeyville Nite Club. Arrested by nightrider-deputiea from the sheriff's office, Vam- baketes and Mitchell were taken before Magistrate Gitchoff at tha Madison police station at about 3:30 a. m, and after waiving preliminary hearing on the misdemeanor charges were released on ?200 cash bond each. Eyewitness Account Mudge told the Telegraph today he based his complaints against the two tavern operaors on eyewitness accounts of a prii vate detective who reported he found gambling in progress during a tour of the two places Fri- dap and Saturday nights. Mudge identified his source of information as Bert Landers, a Granite City licensed private investigator, who reportedly found blackjack, poker and dice games in operation and patrons of the two places being solicited to join in the games during his tour Friday and Saturday nights. Landers, Mudge said, took photographs of the alleged gaming operations as evidence. The investigator also was present when Mudge signed the complaints against Vambaketes and Mitchell about 1:30 this morning at the Madison police station before Magistrate Gitchoff, the state's attorney candidate reported. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch in a story Monday reported wide- open gambling had resumed in Madison County. The paper noted there were reports that part of the profits were being used in an effort to defeat candidates running on an anti-gambling platform for election Nov. 6. Mudge Issues Statement Mudge, later this morning, issued the following statement to the Telegraph: "I charge that Sheriff Ogle, having been defeated by his neighbors in Granite City in his bid for re-election as Democratic precinct committeeman, and having lost any influence he may have had on the Democratic Party, has permitted commercialized, syndicated gambling to open up in Madison County for the purpose of providing money to defeat me for state's attorney. "He spared no effort or expense in trying to defeat me in the primary election, and having failed, he now seeks sanctuary in the Republican Party by aiding its candidate for state's attorney. "The reason for all this is that Sheriff Ogle knows that I intend to fulfill my promise to conduct the office of state's attorney in accordance with the constitution and laws of Illinois, including those relating to gambling, corruption and vice. That is why he is opposing me. Not Surprised Mudge, when asked if he had Tead State's Attorney Schuman's statement that he was unaware of any gambling in the county — as published in Monday's Telegraph — commented this morning: "Yes. I'm not surprised because that's the answer usually given by him and you'll also remember he never took cognizance of the big Club Prevue gambl. ing casino's operation." Neither Schuman nor Ogle were, in their courthouse offices this morning when a Telegraph reporter sought them for comment on Mudge's action in signing complaints against the two Alton area tavern operators. Apprised of Mudge's action against the two alleged gambling establishments, Edward D, Groshong of East Alton, Republican candidate for state's attorney, who earlier this year had closed the notorious Club Prevue on Collinsville road, said, "Good I AS far as I'm concerned) he can close them all!" Groshong added, "If we had tome Republicans in the courthouse, maybe all this stuff wouldn't be going on,"

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