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Page 4 THE mTEIJJGENCEH Thursday, January 21, 18*1 A PROGRAM FOR EDWARDSVILLE {! Extwwlon of Wafer MaNi j Extension et Sewer Line* { Permanent Street Program Additional Flro Protection For Montclaira Araa Annexation Traffic Commission Naw Downtown Street Lighting Attract Ntw Industrie* Continual Up-To-Date Zoning Area Hospital Publication of New Ordinance Book Recreation Area Develop- A Broader Street Cleaning Program A Progressive Program For A Progressive City Endorsed By The EdwardsviHe Intelligencer "Godspeed" LONGER IN SCHOOL It was not long ago in American history that a brace of children was an important economic asset, sometimes an economic necessity, to the average family. "This was particularly true when the United States was an agricultural land and young people were a vital part of the labor force -- an important contribution to the ability to produce adequately. Man's inventive genius has, in recent decades, created such a vast collection of productive ·wonders that agriculture has become a minor employer of labor (less than 9 per cent of the labor force) and the employabil- jty of untrained young people has largely disappeared. Even youngsters of 18 or more are finding the job market slim in a technically maturing society. Without training or education, their chances for fruitful economic lives are at the vanishing point. The suggestion is frequently heard that compulsory education be extended to age 18. Such an increase in the legal school age could be a significant contribution to higher achievement levels among students and to keeping a large number of youngsters out of the labor force for an additional two years. Many of the youngsters who do drop out before they graduate from high school are capable of acquiring additional education. What is needed is some form of persuasion to keep them at it. Very often, family or other pressures are either inadequate or entirely lacking. But the schools must not become the dumping ground for the uneducated, for misfits, or for the uncontrollable. The schools must not be turned into a baby-sitting institution for children no one else wants, or a substitute for parental control. PEACE CORPS IMAGE There have been complaints recently that the Peace Corps requires its volunteers abroad to go too native for their own good. A girl teaching for the corps in Africa reported that she was put in an embarrassing position in her school because she had to skimp to get along on her salary, while five French teachers doing the same work lived quite well. In some countries, the physical conditions to which corpsmen subject themselves have been a primary cause of native suspicion. People 'olieve there has to be a gimmick somewhere ·when an educated man from a wealthy country is willing to climb down and work in a ditch, an Algerian explained. They've seen how French engineers acted; they expect the same of Americans. The Peace Corps it.self seems to be having some trouble \\ith its i m a g e In its third a n n u a l report, now being to Congress, the corps uses letters from volunteers to explain w h a t it is about. Some say that tho real nemesis of any volunteer is the stere- otype most Americans have ol a sweaty, wholesome youth, motivated by visions of self-sacrifice and adventure, living in a mud hut in a jungle. In most cases, the volunteer has the same picture of himself to some degree when he first goes on the job. It is not to his advantage. For, as one volunteer explains, "there comes a day when all this suddenly becomes no lunger picturesque, no longer quaint, but furiously frustrating and you want like crazy to just get out and go name. This is called culture shock. How hard it hits you and for how long depends largely on this problem of false motives." The Peace Corps itself is probably primarily responsible for the existence of this image. When President Kennedy first broached the idea of Americans working around the globe, there was a certain romanticism and excitement about the proposal, and the corps did nothing to discourage it. In fact, heeding all the publicity it could get, the corps promoted the image. NEW DISARMAMENT APPROACH Two scientists, one American and the other Russian, have proposed making a start on disarmament in Alaska and Siberia. It's possibly the first f r u i t f u l thought on this crucial issue in the year and a half since the partial nuclear test ban treaty was signed to end above-ground tests. The same holds true lor the vhole question ot disarmament-- meetings, discussions, but nothing to report The stumbling block in both cases has been and remains: Ins " · on. ^ nuclear explosions in tl.i i air are easily monitor .ram great distances, this Is not so with those set o£f inside the earth, which were not Included in the test ban. They can be muffled, or confused with natural earthquakes. Only on-the-spot inspection would guarantee adherence to a comprehensive test ban treaty. Only inspection would insure that no secret factories were turning out nuclear weapons or missiles or other war materiel. But inspection is the one thing the Soviet Union has not been able to accept. Now the two scientists --one American, one Russian -- propose that we attack the disarmament impasse in small stages from the top--top of the world, that is. Their plan, reports Scientific" American, is the first joint proposal of its kind by a U. S. anc 1 Soviet scientist. Biophysicist Alexander Rich of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and geochemist Aleksandr P. Vinogradov of the Vernadsky Institute in Moscow point out that the Arctic is the only region of the world where the territories of the United States and U.S.S.R. adjoin. They suggest that all or part of Alaska and a corresponding part of Siberia--equivalent in military value--be placed within an inspection zone. Although each country has military installations in these areas, they are not absolutely vital to security. Nuclear weapons, long-range bombers and missiles would be banned from these areas. Some airfields and bases might be allowed to remain, as would purely defensive installations such as radar tracking stations. An Alaska-Siberia inspection zone would require only the agreement of the two countries. Later, the zone might be extended into Greenland and expanded in Siberia, with Denmark (which owns Greenland) joining in a treaty. Eventually, an even broader agreement could include Canada, Norway. Sweden and Finland and extend disarmament to the entire Arctic region. A buffer zone embracing the entire northern part of the world would then separate the offensive forces of East and West-yet leave the bulk of their military establishments intact. .Moreover; the development of inspection procedures and the habit of using them would provide "a considerable measure of reassurance and could contribute materially to fostering the kind of mutual trust that is a necessary prologue to additional disarmament measures." So say these two scientists. What say their governments? THERE'S A LIMIT Computers are doing amazing things these days. But n o w ·dentists tre posing a problem that may prave machines are only human. They're trying to teach them to read handwriting. The idea is to prepare computers for such jobs as scrutinizing income tax returns, verifying signatures on bank checks ·nd scanning ttudenta' term papers. Those tasks would have been comparatively simple in the era of the Spencerian script. But the scrawls emanating from the ballpoint pens of young and old today, from junior to t h e family physician, a r e enough to make even a well disciplined machine blow a fuse and demand that everyone take up typing. ; WASHINGTON SCENE LBJ Must Stir All With His Missions By BRUCE BIOSSAT Washington Correspondent Newspaper Enterprise Assn. WASHINGTON (NBA)--Pres- ident Lyndon B. Johnson, taking power at last in his own name, could find in time that some of bis Impressive strong points are in part a handicap to him. No man In at least the last half century has brought to the White House a more thoroughgoing understanding of what managing the government is all about. Only a few have equalled his appetite for the burdens of the job. In a jest that had a serious core, an observer said of Johnson during the 1964 campaign: "The job's really too small for him." Yet this outsized man, properly confident that he has more than enough basic competence and experience to meet the problems that will descend upon him, nevertheless may have trouble summoning up the mood of excitement that could fuse his efforts into the kind of historical mark he seeks to make. What does excitement have to do with it? Many historians argue that It is a priceless ingredient of leadership, that men with a flair for the dramatic, like the two Roosevelts, generate an excitement that gives their close associates a vital sense of mission and the populace a feel- Ing of enlistment in the nation's progress. The late John F. Kennedy had the same flair, though his three years in office may have been too brief to allow appraisers to The Young Heiress Who Never Came Back (EDITOR'S NOTE: Abductions, dope addiction murders, and slashed bodies are not a sociological phenomenon exclusive to today's troubled world. Fifty years «go, a prominent New York society girl disappeared, and the mystery has never been solved. The case is analyzed here by a writer who specializes in this field.) By ALLEN CHURCHILL The girl who seemed to have everything was 25 years old, stood five feet four inches, and weighed about 140 pounds. Her name was Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold. At two o'clock on the afternoon of Dec. 12, 1910, she stood .talking to a friend outside Brentano's bookshop, then at Fifth Avenue and 27th St. in New York City. "A moment later, she vanished-, never- . to be seen again. How? Why? Did the young heiress disappear of her own accord? Was she kidnapped and murdered? The total mystery of the case is as unfathomable today as it was 50 years ago. The Arnold family was presided over by chop-whiskered Francis R. Arnold, a 73-year-old businessman, and it ranked high in New York society, then noted for its propriety and unbending reticence. On the day of her disappearance, Dorothy wore a well- tailored suit, carried a huge silver - fox muff and a satin handbag, and wore a conspicuous black velvet hat. When she descended the stairway of her home at 108 E. 79th St., she informed her mother that she planned to spend the day shopping. Mrs. Arnold was widely believed to be a semi- invalid. Yet on this particular day she seemed more than willing to venture out of doors. "Maybe I'd better go with you," she said. It is safe to say that every student of crime who has examined the case has wondered if Dorothy's reply was fondly solicitous, or simply irritated. But no one will ever know. Mrs. Arnold, recounting the episode later, reported that Dorothy had merely answered, "No, mother, don't bother. You don't feel just right and it's no use going to the trouble. . . ." Dorothy walked downtown, stopping to purchase some chocolates, then continued walking to Brentano's. where she charged a book. Literature was her prominent diversion, and she was trying to be a writer herself. Only two months before, she had requested her father's permission to take an apartment in Greenwich Village. He had flatly refused, saying, "A good writer can write anywhere." Not daring to ..push the matter further, she wrote a short story which she dispatched to ' McClure's. Her family began teas- in'g her unmercifully. Then the story was returnefl. In the words of a news account. "Dorothy now found" life a torment among her amused relatives." By the afternoon of her disappearance, she bad written another' short story. Whether or not this one had been rejected has never been known. Outside Brentano'a she , met .an acquaintance, Gladys King, and the two chatted for several minutes. Presumably no one who knew or recognized Dorothy ever saw her again! When Dorothy failed to return for dinner, an increasingly worried group ate without her, then began making discreet phone calls to her close friends. That night Elsie Henry, one of the friends, phoned back to A NEW YORK American newspaper artist sketched Dorothy as she was dressed when she vanished. ask if Dorothy had returned. Mrs. Arnold, answering the phone, committed the first of several acts that caused many to believe that the family knew more than it let on about Dorothy's disappearance. "Yes, she's here," Mrs. Arnold said, but when Elsie asked to speak to her, Mrs. Arnold said, "Oh, she had a headache, and went right to bed." Family Bypasses Police · Next morning, the family settled on another strange move when they decided not to summon the police. Instead, they phoned John S. Keith, a young lawyer and family friend. When he arrived, Keith found everything in perfect order in Dorothy's room. Opening a desk drawer, he found a pile of personal letters, some with foreign postmarks, and two transatlantic steamship folders. Then Keith, turned private detective, spent days in New York, Boston and Philadelphia walking down lanes of hospital b e d s , examining nameless corpses, and peering at young females languishing in jail. But his search led nowhere, and at Keith's recommendation- the family called the Pinkerton : Detective Agency, who immediately mailed a descriptive circular on Dorothy to police departments all over the country, offering a $1,000 reward for information. Not until they were approached by Arnold, Keith and the Pinkerton detectives, six weeks after Dorothy's disappearance, did the New York police department act. The deputy commissioner advised an immediate meeting with the press, to give the widest possible publicity to the disappearance. After two days of vigorous resistance, Mr. Arnold called reporters to his office. As if he wished the interview over as soon as possible, he immediately informed the reporters that he believed his daughter dead; that she had been set upon while walking home through Central Park; and that her body might have been thrown in the reservoir. The reporters began asking questions. Cherchez 1'homme popped into the mind of one. and asked Mr. Arnold if he had objected to his daughter keeping company with men. The fierce old man instantly flew into a rage. "It is not true that I objected to her having men call at the house . . . I don't approve of young men who have nothing to do." Soon the reporters found the man Mr. Arnold meant. He was hardly the type to sweep a girl off her feet. He was George C. Griscom, Jr.. a plump 42- year-old from Pittsburgh, who urged all whom he met to call him "Junior." Soon the newspapers revealed that Dorothy and Griscom had at one lime called themselves engaged. After this came a real shocker: in mid-September the two had spent a week together in Boston! While there she had pawned S500 worth of jewelry for $60. It was the pawnbroker who exploded the story. Then, just before Thanksgiving, she visited a former college classmate, Theodora Bates, in Washington, D. C., and spent Thanksgiving morning in bed. That same morning a bulky envelope was delivered to Dorothy, who tossed it aside indifferently. Theodora decided it contained the rejected manuscript of Dorothy's second short story. On Friday she astounded Theodora by saying she was leaving, and equally astonished her mother by arriving back in New York before she was expected. Dorothy Despondent? On Monday she picked up several letters with foreign postmarks at the 34th St. post office, presumably from Griscom. She answered Griscom in a letter when he later turned over to the family. Toward the end appeared an intriguing paragraph: "Well, it has come back. McClure's has turned me down. All I can see ahead is a long road with no turning. Mother will always think an accident has happened." At the .press conference on Jan. 26, Arnold stated his wife had retired to a rest home at a New Jersey resort. Newsmen cabled European correspondents to locate Griscom, who was found in Florence. On receiving a cable on Dec. 16th from John Keith, *e had replied: "Know absolutely nothing." Then on Jan. 16 a young man and a heavily veiled woman came to visit him, and when they departed, took with them a packet of letters. Some quick detective work on the part of the European correspondents revealed that the veiled lady was Mrs. Arnold. She and her 27-year-old son had sailed for Europe on Jan. 6. But when ship-news reporters found the son on his return to New York he professed to be totally unaware of his sister's disappearance. One of the questions he chose to disregard was whether he had fought with Griscom over the packet of Dorothy's letters, and had obtained it only by knocking Griscom down. When Griscom returned to America in February, he inserted ads in the personal columns signed Junior, which begged Dorothy to communicate. No word ever came. What happened to her? Some believe she may have slipped and fallen on the icy pavement, suffering a concussion that brought on amnesia. Yet no hospital received a girl with a concussion. Others point out that the drugging and abduction of attractive girls was then fairly common. But this could hardly happen .at mid-afternoon on one of the busiest streets in the world. More likely is the possibility that she contrived her own disappearance. In favor of a suicide theory, the New York World dredged up the story of how Andrew Griscom, a young cousin of Junior's, who had leaped from the deck of an Atlantic liner because his family would not allow him to marry an English governess. This may have left a lasting mark on the impressionable Dorothy. But when she disappeared, no passengers were reported missing. A more reasonable possibility is that Dorothy leaped from the Fall River side-wheeler: suicides favored these overnight boats on which no passenger lists were kept. Or there is the possibility that Dorothy may have been something of a hybrid' in the Arnold family. Impulses undreamed of by proper parents may have been fanned into flame by the week with Griscom in Boston. She may have become pregnant by Griscom. He or someone else may have supplied her with the name of an abortionist -perhaps along with the necessary funds, in ":e package delivered on Thanksgiving Day in Washington. This may have led to contact with the underworld. Or she may have died on an abortionist's table. The uncertainty was never resolved. Francis R. Arnold died in 1922, his wife in 1928. Both left behind wills that stated: "I have made no provision for my beloved daughter. Dorothy H. C. Arnold, as I am satisfied that she is not alive.' 1 (Copyright, IMS, American Heritage Magazine) judge well Its effects on his record. Lyndon Johnson's political instincts told him that the curious requirements of an American election demanded some sort of drama from him. So he offered the voters an assortment of countrified eccentricities in a traveling exhibit that was usually interesting and often funny. But Johnson within the confines of the White House is something else. His quite sound judgment of his own large capacities leads him to rely most heavily upon his own counsel --as the best available. The result, attested to by numerous of his aides, is that much of his thinking, his planning, the steps he takes toward a decision, are shrouded even from his working intimates. They get bits and pieces but may not see the structure he is putting together. In this important instance, mystery does not create excitement, but tends instead to have a deadening effect. Neither aides close at hand nor citizens outside the black iron White House fence can feel the electric charge from the prime mover's motion when he keeps so much of it within tight bounds. Some observers are arguing that the huge Democratic majorities in Congress, stripping the scene of the prospect of early conflict, could be lulling the President into the quiet of a false security. The weight of the evidence suggests, however, that Lyndon Johnson is operating as he always has, as his own m a n . in the rock-solid assurance that nobody within range is anywhere near as competent. None of this means he has any notion he can run the White House alone. The best testimony that he knows he has human limits is his announcement he has persuaded Lawrence F. O'Brien, his assistant for congressional liaison, to stay on awhile. The able O'Brien performs gargantuan labors with and for lawmakers and not even a telephone-happy president could get along without a proper substitute. None is evidently yet in sight. "Kennedy resignations 1 ' notwithstanding, the President's staff today still is the locus of ample talent. If there is not more, and if the recruiting for even a few places is difficult, then the absence of excitement--and a consequent sense of mission--must be accounted responsible in considerable part. Lyndon Johnson may discover that campaigning for a high standing in history requires at the minimum a judicious application regularly of the kind of personal dramatics he lavished on campaigning for his chance at history. It is not that the nation and the world need a constant show. It is that the dilemmas of the age are large. And there must be a question whether responses which do not stir excitement are truly adequate to the challenge. Boyle's Banterings By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK ( A P ) -- Curbstone comments of a Pavement Plato: Man has always yearned for a Utopia on earth -- whether he deserves one or not. The inauguration of Lyndon Baines Johnson as 36th President of the United States puts Into motion one of the greatest drives in history in this direction -- the achievement of what he has called the "Great Society." Some of his countrymen cavil at the term. The/ think it grandiose --in effect, no more than another political slogan. But it is hard to see why becoming a "Great Society" should be less than the American goal. Surely in the long dark narrative of the human race, no other major power has been in a better position to make'a better human society, a more livable environment. We have the resources and the skills to house our people satisfactorily, to feed them well, to improve their health and to educate them to a higher 'level. We have the ability to do all this -- if we but have the will. Some 2,500 years ago a Chinese philosopher named Lao- tse remarked, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." The United States already has taken many steps toward the achievement of a "Great Society.'' It also has taken a few sicie steps -- probably some backward steps, too -- along the way. But from the time of the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers, the splendid promise of the American dream has led us through wilderness toward the creation of a more durable fate and a more h u m a n e existence. As a practical man w h o knov,s practical poliUcs. Johnson is certain to try to make our next steps forward giant ones. Although there may be --surely will be -- partisan arguments about methods, the end in view ultimately is nonpartisan. There are hopeful portents that the goal of a "Great Society" is attainable. While we live in the most murderous century of all, we also live in the most humanitarian century of all. Probably never have more men slain each other t h a n in the 2flth century; yet never have more men been helped by each other. We've made more widows than any past generation. But w e have also done more to conquer disease, ;ear down barriers of space and time, increase knowledge, and distribute the fruits of our labor more equitably. We haven't stood still. We have come a long way. Perhaps we have even come far enough to realize that no one land, no matter how strong, can safely remain forever as an island of prosperity in a vast puddle of restless poverty. AP SPECIAL REPORT WASHINGTON (AP)--Illinois sent Gov. Otto Kerner, the Chicago Fire Department band and a black horse troop here Wednesday to join in the tribute to Jresident Johnson. They represented the state in the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House after Johnson and Vice President Hubert Humphrey took their oaths of office. The Illinois contingent was the last state in the line of march in the parade's third division, which was le" by the Marine Corp staff, band and drum and bugle corp. The order is determined by the date of admission to statehood. Kerner rode in a limousine, accompanied by Major L.F. Knisemark, his military aide. The 120-member band, with director Louis Lason. looked sharp as it marched along with regulation Fire Department uniforms, topped by white hats and spats. All the members are working firemen, who c a m e here on 'their own t i m e or who have sombone else working for them in Chicago. They played "The Fire House Special" while m a r c h i n g along the parade route. A siren and flashing red lights on two carts in front of the band were incorporated into the musical score. So were puffs of white smoke from fir 1 extinguishers. The band, which also took part in the 1981 inaugural parade. placet a wreath Tuesday on the grave of President John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery. TURNING BACK THE PAGES 50 Years Ago Jan. 21, 1915--Fourteen Ei- wardsville adults and seven children went bouncing over cily streets on sleds tied behind an auto the night before. The adults were Mrs. 0. T. Dunlap, Mrs Frank Tur.nell, Mrs. J E. Hillskotter. Mrs. 0. E. Hickerson, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Fresen, Dr. and Mrs H'»ner Baird. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Stubbs. Misses Sophia and Ella Tunnel], :\fiss Louise Travous and Fred Tunnel] Jr. The entire -party fell off the dozen or so sleds as the car crossed the Litchfield and Madison railroad tract, on Vantlalia Street. It was reported that "Dr. Baird became unseated so regularly that the impart between his boiiy and the thin covering of snow on the pavement has had the effect of causing him to attencl to his duties with difficulty today." 25 Years Ago Jan. 21. 1940--Washington was mourning the death of Sen. William E. Borah, 74. u h o had served for 33 years in the Senate. Services were planned the next day for the Idaho Republican in the Senate c h a m bers. He was known -s a vigorous fiehter on the Senate floor and had opposed President Wilson's plan for a Leayue of Na. lions. 10 Years Ago Jan. 21, 1955--Gov. William Slratlo.i had not made up his mind yet whether to increase the state sales tax. He also had not ''eciaed on the 1955-57 formula for school financing. NEWSPAPER!

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