Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on August 27, 1956 · Page 1
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Alton, Illinois
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Traffic Toll Todi.v* v?ar'« Accidents 4 953 •Injnry 0 129 Deaths 0 2 •AocldenU Involving injury. ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Tlwn 120 Years Weather Alton airen: Scattered thundershowers llkHy. Ixm-pst TiiP^lfiy morning about 715. Hlftli«ftt Tnf «« day afternoon In middle or up* por 90s. Established January 15, 1836 Vol. CXXI, No, 192 ALTON, ILL., MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 1956. 20 PAGES 5c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press Engineers Confer On Sewer Plan An engineering conference for the purpose of correlating the citywide sewer plan with the already well-advanced plans of the U. S. Corps of Engineers for sewer work in connection with the West End flood wall project was held in City Hall today. An Immediate object of the meeting was to align the views of the two engineering groups &o that the sewer program planned by the city will be in full harmony with that of the Corps of Engineers, and to bring out any features of the city program that might be a cause for any final adjustments in the federal plans. For the purpose of the conference, the Corps of Engineers had five representatives present. They were C. J. Weaver, assistant head of the Engineering Division; Thomas F. Maher, head of the Hydraulics Branch; William T. Stehle of the structural branch, Engineering Division; F. R. Walsh of the Hydraulics Branch; and D. L. Hoffman of the structural branch, Engineering Division. Meeting with them were City Engineer Fairfield and also C. Howard Sheppard of Sheppard, Morgan & Schwaab, and L. K. Crawford of M'irphy, Tilly & Crawford of Springfield, representing their respective firms which are associated under a city contract lor the citywide sewer plan. The two groups still were in session at noon going over plans spread out on a large table in the Board of Local Improvements room and discussing angles in which the two sewer projects are related or concern common problems. The Corps of Engineei-s in connection with the West End flood- wall project is at work on plans for some amplifications that will be necessary, in the city's postwar plan for a pressure sewer in the Piasa Valley for disposal of storm water at times of heavy rains. The postwar plan was made for the city by Sheppard Morgan & Schwaab some years ago. Federal decision to provide the West End flood wall is predicated on the city carrying out the plan for the Piasa Valley pressure sewer, estimated to cost about $900,000, but the added work necessary by reason of the flood wall would be borne by the federal government. It developed today that some of the studies made by the Corps of Engineers will be valuable to the city engineering consultants as they proceed with the citywide program. The city plan is being made under a recent $25,000 loan to the city by the federal Housing & Home Finance Agency. Resume Probe Of Wortman At East Side EAST ST. LOUIS, 111. ff —A Federal grand jury today resumed its inquiry into the activities of Frank Buster Wortman, reputed rackets boss in this area, after a two-week recess. Edward G. Maag, assistant U. S. attorney, said the investigation is concerned with Wortman's sources of income and his income tax record. Six business men who have had dealings with Wortman were subpoenaed for today. The government intends to send 17 witnesses before the jury. For Year In Alton Schools English Exchange Teachers Arrive A genuine English accent wil be heard in at least two elementary grades of the Alton schools throughout the coming year. Two English school teachers arrived in Alton Saturday. They have been exchanged for two Alton teachers who have gone to England. The Misses Phyllis Fletcher and Pamela Angwin arrived a' Haskell House in mid-afternoon They came from Washington D C., where they had a week of what they termed "reorientation" to prepare them for their work here. They spent most ol the time with State Department officials who told them about work in the American public schools. Open Approach Interviewed by a Telegraph representative, the teachers declared they are approaching the school year " .. .with completely open minds" to which Miss Fletcher added, "We are sort of adaptable people, anyway, already being elementary teachers. Miss Fletcher is to have a third grade class at Lincoln School and Miss Angwir probably will teach second at Horace Mann. Dr. J. B, Johnson, superintendent of Alton area schools, and his assistant, Macy Pruitt, pointed out that the visiting teachers have been placed, purposely, where they won't have to be too well informed on American history. The same arrangement in regard to English history has been made for the Alton teachers across the Atlantic, it was said. "We are off to a good start," the English teachers declared. "Already we have been made very welcome." The elder of the teachers, Miss Fletcher, though young-looking, reported she has had 25 years teaching experience. She had the "heads h i p" at Spelbrook Primary School, Bishop's Shortford, Hert- forshire, and was considering seeking advancement at another school when she received the exchange assignment for which she had applied. Granted Year's Leave They are taking the place of the Misses Mildred Dunlope and Miss Claudean Tuttle of Alton schools, who are now in England. All four teachers have been granted a full year's leave of ab sence by their respective school authorities, at the pay scale prevalent in their homelands. As the visiting English teachers implied, there appears to be little fundamental difference in teachers' ability to adapt themselves, regardless of where they teach. Only one big difference appeared noticeable—the accent. But there was even some difference between the accents of the two, themselves. For example, Miss Fletcher pronounced "been" as Americans do "bin." Miss Angivin says "bean." Both agree, however, that sidewalks in England are "pavements". 'Woolies' or 'Cardigans' Miss Fletcher said she had been amused by reference to "woolies" (probably winter underwear) by someone at the national capital. She said the English term is "cardigans." (The term "woolies" is apparenUy an American expression not in general usage in this section of the U.S.) Among other things the two visitors demonstrated unconsciously was a sense'of humor. Their wit disproved the assertion that the British lack a sense of humor. Miss Fletcher, commenting on the passport photo likeness published some time ago in the Telegraph, said, "I had to go to the photographer, and I said, 'Look here, this photograph has got to get me to America. For heaven's sake, do something about it!" For 2-Month Period Employment Rise Of 425 Reported In Area Firms Gains In manufacturing sparked an employment rise of 425 at leading firms in the Alton area during the period of May 15-July 15, the Illinois State Employment Service office here has announced. The area covered by the report consipts of five townships in the northwest portion o: Madison County and includes the communities of Alton, East Alton, Wood River, Roxana, Hartford . and Godfrey. School graduates hoisted unemployment by 250 over the period, the report shows, to make the total jobless figure 2,200 in the area. Employment was up about 50 f- - om the mid-July level of a year ago. The outlook for the next several months, as viewed by the spokesmen for the area's major establishments, points to a modest expansion, the ISES report btated. It continued: - "In the part 60 day* unem- ployment increased from 1925 (including 825 women) to 2,200 (including 850 women). A survey of the experience held by applicants currently registered at the local office reveals that 25 per cent are unskilled; 17 per cent are semi-skilled; 16 per cent are clerical and sales; 15 per cent are service workers; 14 per cent are skilled; 10 per cent are listed as entry applicants with no previous work history; and three per cent are in the professional-managerial field, "Estimate provided by the area's leading establishments indicate that recovery is scheduled for non-manufacturing employment and virtually no change an- tir t mted for manufacturing during the ensuing two months. Th« local labor supply seems to be t-dequute u> meet the demand for some highly skilled occupations. However, a shortage of experienced stenographer* (till exists." * f TWO ENGLISH EXCHANGE TEACHERS are greeted at Haskell House by Supt. of Schools Dr. J. B. Johnson. On the left, Miss Phyllis Fletcher and, right, Miss Pamela Angwin.—Staff Photo. Bell To Lay 1-Mile Cable OnAlbySt. A mile of cable will be laid by Illinois Bell Telephone Co. along Alby street, from 22nd northward across Elm. Work of digging the trench for the cable was resumed today. Manager Jack Black said Grabbe Construction Co. of Alton, un der supervision of Illinois Bel technicians, would lay about a mile of clay six-duct conduit into the trench being cut on the east side of the street. Later, more than 40 million conductor feet of cable will be threaded through the conduit, including that to be added to conduit already under the ground between the telephone office at 213 E. Third St., and the junction at 22nd street. Aerial cable will branch off from this main feeder cable to serve areas of Central Ave., Langdon St., Ninth St., Belle, and Godfrey Road. "When this job is completed, we'll be able to serve many customers who've been waiting for service, and give others service with fewer parties on the line," Black said. In addition to the conduit and cable work, the contractor also will construct eight manholes to permit splicers and maintenance men to gain access to the cable. The cable to be added will contain more than 76,000 miles of wire. The project is scheduled for completion about the end of the year. t Fire Destroys Feed Barn Near Eldred — Fire of undetermined origin destroyed a 100-by-lOO-foot hay and feed barn at the Richard Best farm near Eldred Sunday at 1 a.m. Best is owner of the Columbiana Seed Com Co. Also destroyed in thhe blaze were 8,000 bales of hay, 20 head of fattening hogs and several valuable pecan trees surrounding :he barn. Best just recently shipped" out several head of cattle or the loss would have been much greater, ic said. He estimated the loss at $15,000. 3 Building Loan Firms To Close On Saturdays Three building and loan associations today announced Saturday closing of their offices, beginning Sept. 7. Also announced were longer hours for Friday. The three are Alton Savings & Loan, Germania Savings & Loan, and Home, Building & Loan. Monday throug'- Thursday, the lours will be 9 a.m. •'o 4:30 p.m. Saturday hours will be 9 a.m. to p.m. Hours at Piasa Building & Loan Association will remain unchanged— 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday. River Stage* Lock It Own M (Xwo itttt M M.R.U W Bureau 1 • o>. SM Level 7 ••» Stage -.17 Pool 418.76 Rise .64 TaUwater 395.31 Pedestrian Count 10,699 in 5Hours Cross 3rd-Piasa Can you guess how many pedestrians crossed the busy Third and Piasa street intersection last Friday evening? Even the traffic policemen, familiar with the size of the shopping crowd in the West End business section on the Friday shopping night, were surprised at the figure. A count made by the police traffic division, it was revealed today, shows that within a five- hour period, from 5 to 10 p.m. 10,699 pedestrians made the street crossings. Purpose of the count was to show the number of street cross- the data may be submitted to vehicle and pedestrian traffic at W. Third and Piasa so that the data may be submitted ot the State Commerce Commission at a September hearing on the petition of the GM&Q v JRail- road for installation of automatic traffic signals to replace traffic policemen. The count, it was pointed out today by Traffic Lt. R. A. Brown, was to show the number of "crossings" rather than the number of individuals. Many of the pedestrians doubt- Snack Habit Is Recognized In United Nations UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. JP — The American snack habit has wrested a concession from the multimillion-dollar U.N. headquarters. The building, occupying 18 acres of nearly priceless land on mid- Manhattan's East Side, was forced to make more accommodations for the army of nibblers that tours its plush corridors the year around. Five million people visited the building last year. Eight of every 10 were U.S. citizens. During sessions, the only restaurant available to the public was the delegates' dining room. It was jammed with diplomats, visitors and tourists. The first two weeks of operation, 1,000 persons a day used the snack bar. It operated at almost full capacity. less made several passages across the streets at the intersection during the evening, and hence were clicked through the counter devices several times, he said. However, Sgt. William Peterson, who made the pedestrian count, estimated that only about one-third of those counted made more than one trip through the intersection, and hence that the total number of individuals concerned was about 7,000. Both the number of vehicles and the number of pedestrians were counted in Friday evening's 5-hour rush period. However, Lt. Brown, who made the vehicle count, hadn't totaled his figures today. Separate counts were made on the number of pedestrians using each of the four crosswalks, and also separate counts by directions on the number of vehicles. Sgt. Petersen said today that the heaviest pedestrian traffic period was between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Total of street crossings in this period was 3,558. Peterson's breakdown also shows that the heaviest pedestrian traffic of the 5-hour period was over Piasa street at the north cross walk—between the Snyder and Vogue corners— where 3,112 were counted. On the south crosswalk over Piasa — between Lytton and Kresge corners—the count was 2,802. On the east crossing over W. Third—between Lytton and Snyder corhers the count was 2,415. And on the west crossing —between Vogue and Kresge corners—the count was 2,370. As was previously announced, the counts of vehicles and pedestrians at the Piasa crossings will be continued this week. A peak period count is to be made next Friday night at West Broadway and Piasa. Meantime some counts of average traffic over both the Third and Broadway crossings will be made. The city has made objections before the state commerce body to the GM&O's request for an order for installation of traffic lights to replace the present traffic policemen. Fall Campaign William G. Osborn Heads Division 2 In Chest Drive William G. Osborn. managing officer, Genna:' i Savings & Loan Association, has been named vice chairman in charge ot Division 2 for the 1956 Community Chest drive, according to an announcement b y Dudley Giberson, general chairman of the campaign. As head of Division 2, Osborn will be in charge of solicitation from service stations, national firms, financial institutions, auto dealers and mechanics, and Alton mercantile establishments. For the past two years Osborn lias served as chairman of finan- :ial institution solicitation. Osborn served as a lieutenant, junior grade, in the Navy in World War II, and was employed at Germania in 1946. He was educated in the public schools of Chenoa, 111. He later attended Indiana State University, and received a B. S. degree, Osborn attended St. Louts University graduate school. Married, and the tether of one W. G. OSBORN son and one daughter, Osborn makes his home with lus family in Jeluiojit Village. Epping, Hintz Plead 'Innocent' SPRINGFIELD, 111. IP — Pleas of innocent were made today by two former associates of Orville E. Hodge, who were accused of conspiring with the resigned state auditor in the million dollar state check scandal. Edward A. Hintz, 68, former Chicago banker, entered his plea on charges he conspired with Hodge by allegedly cashing forged state checks. Edward A. Epping, Hodge's office manager, ple?ided innocent to the same charges that sent to Menard Penitentiary a week ago. They are conspiracy, embezzlement, confidence game and forgery. Joseph Londrigan, an attorney for Hintz, said a motion wbuld be made for change of venue on the ground that an impartial jury could not be obtained in Sangamon County Circuit Court. Hintz allegedly cashed forged state checks for Hodge in the swindle, involving about a million dollars. "We feel he has already been tried and convicted in the mind of the public of Sangamon County because of his association with Hodge," Londrigan said. He said that since Hintz woulc begin serving a three-year federal prison term Friday in connection with the Hodge case, that bone should be no larger than $5,000 State's Atty. George P. Coutrakon did not object and Judge L. E. Wilhite accepted the figure. Edward A. Epping, Hodge's office manager, is expected to plead innocent also as he faces the same charges that sent Hodge to prison in another arraignment set for today. These are conspiracy, embezzlement, confidence game and forgery. Hintz already has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of mis applying federally insured bank funds. The charge stemmed from his bank's cashing of the fraudulent state warrants. U. S. District Judge John P. Barnes stayed execution of die sentence to permil the banker's arraignment on the state charge. Epping has not been arraigned on the federal charges. He has said he acted only as a messenger for Hodge in cashing fake state warrants at the Southmoor Bank and Trust Co., the Chicago baink headed by Hintz. Although he pleaded guilty to the federal charge, Hintz described himself as "stupid and honest' and said that he okayed the cashing of the warrants on Hodge's personal assurance that they were bona fide. IkeChallenges Soviet Union On Atom Tests By MARVIN L. ARROWSMITH PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. IB — President Eisenhower's announcement the Soviet Union has resumed nuclear weapons tests — possibly including a hydrogen blast—stood today as a challenge to Russia to publicize such tests in advance to reduce danger. Besides the challenge to strip away intended secrecy, the an nouncement at the President's vacation headquarters Sunday also was seen as a move to counteract recent Russian propaganda suggesting this country's tests of such weapons amount to a threat to world peace. Eisenhower made public an Atomic Energy Commission report advising him that last Friday the Soviet Union detonated "a nuclear device with a yield less than a megaton." A megaton blast would have force equivalent to one million tons of TNT. And the White House, amplify ing the commission report, sail the latest Russian explosion wa: "almost" of that caliber — much smaller than the biggest blast so far touched off by the Unitec States. That blast at Bikini in 19& s generally thought to have hac i force of 15 to 17 megatons while this year's hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific has been officially estimated to have had the force of 10 million tons of TNT, 01 10 megatons. In announcing Soviet resumption of tests, Eisenhower said in a statement he wanted to emphasize again "the necessity for effective international control of atomic energy and such measures of adequately safeguarded disarmament as are now feasible." He added: "This is a goal which the United States has consistently sought and which has received the support ol large majority of the members of the U.N." Believe Nasser Will Meet Committee But On His Own Basis Commitment ByEgypt Is Unlikely WAITING FOR WORD FROM CAIRO—Australian Prime Minister Robert G. Menzies, waiting in London for word from Egyptian President Nasser, leaves the Lancaster House in the British capital Friday after Suez talks. (APWirephoto) East St. Louisans Boat Overturns, 3 Men Rescued Three men were rescued from midstream in the Mississippi off Norman's Landing just upstream from Alton late Sunday afternoon, police reported. The trio had been in an outboard boat which overturned. They were pulled from the water shortly after the accident and apparently all were placed aboard a cruiser out of Harbor Point, Mo. and brought Illinois shore. James Lowe of Greenville told police by telephone later the three were from East St. Louis. He said the names are Marvin Rosche, about 50, William Smith, about 35, and Orville Rain Dampens Wide Sections Of United States By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Rain dampened wide areas of the nation today. Only a few isolated sections of the country escaped overnight shower or thunderstorm activity as warm, moist air moved in from the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. Showers diminished along the West Coast and in the Southwest today. New England and the Central and Northern Plains enjoyed fair skies. generally light rainfalls were reported. Higher temperatures resulted in the Eastern portion of the nation from the mass of northward moving Gulf air. The mercury also took a jump in the Central and Northern Plains. The tempei'ature in Milwaukee rose from 66 to 72 in one hour early today. Temperatures elsewhere showed a slight, moderate cooling. Cloub. The latter was described as being deaf. First call to police came from Charles Norman Jr., via marine telephone from his boat as he was taking off for the scene of river accident. Norman said one man being aided into the cruiser appeared to have been injured. Later, however, it was said there was no injury sufficient to justify a trip to the hospital. An attempt was unsuccessful to locate a deputy sheriff to investigate the accident. Police called Clifford Enos, Godfrey justice of the peace. A Staten ambulance responded. The three men declined to go to the hospital. One of the crewmen from Norman's boat boarded the cruiser which returned the three to safety. Bystanders on the Illinois shore righted the capsized boat after Norman towed it in, Apparently the accident was a near-drowning, according to Norman's description of the situation as he observed it from afar. He said the deaf man kept afloat by clinging to a life jacket tossed to him from another boat. The man whose name was given as'Smith was said to have clung to the hull of the overtumed boat, waiting Elsewhere, widely scattered and[^ r r ,. gf .. 1P) ap p are nUy unable to swim. Deputy Sheriff Bert Marvel, with Justice of the Peace Enos, investigated the accident. Marvel later said the three men appeared to have had a narrow escape. The boat's outboard motor and battery we're dried out and recommissioned and the men returned in their boat to. the Missouri shore later Sunday evening, where they had left their car and boat trailer. By WILTON WYNN —CAIRO, Egypt IP — Egypt will reply Tuesday to the Menzies committee request for talks on the Suez Canal crisis, an official Egyptian source said today. President Nasser is expected to agree to meet with Australian Prime Minister Robert G. Menzies' five-nation committee, sc- iected last week by the London Suez conference to present an 18- nation plan for international control. Usually reliable sources saidf they understood Nasser will agree to meet the committee in Cairo with the proviso that Egypt is not obligated to accept the plan. Menzies stood by in London, awaiting the reply. The messaga had been expected today, since sources in Cairo said it was transmitted to the Egyptian Embassy in London Sunday. Menzies was appointed by the London Suez conference last week to head a five-nation committee to present to Nasser the plan for an international authority to operate the canal. The plan, proposed by the United States, was endorsed by 17 of the other 21 nations at the conference. Informants said Nasser would receive Menzies and his committee in Cairo, but would insist that the entire Suez problem be discussed, not just the majority plan. India at the conference proposed that an international board be empowered only to advise Egypt in running the canal. Earlier reports said Nasser would propose a series of individual or collective treaties between Egypt and the nations using the canal guaranteeing traffic through the waterway from interference. In the face of steady preparations by Britain and France for military' action if negotiation* fail to produce a peaceful solution, Nasser appeared to be bending his efforts to hanging onto the 103- mile waterway—which he seized for the Egyptian government July 26—without getting into a •war. He appeared willing to examine all possible solutions which would not involve what he considers a sui> render of Egyptian sovereignty. There was a growing feeling among Egyptian officials and the public that Britain and France were not bluffing about the possible use of force. A London report said roads leading to the embarkation port of Southampton were jammed with convoys of military vehicles painted a desert yellow. Four freighters at the port were being loaded with ammunition and military equipment. Experienced diplomats in Moscow, however, said they believed the Soviet government feels there is little chance the West will start a shooting war over the Suez. Britain and France have charged that Nasser's lone-handed control of the canal imperils Western Europe's lifelines, particularly the flow of Middle East oil. The Suez Canal Co., the private, internationally owned company that operated the canal until Nasser seized it, charged in a statement issued in London and Paris that interference by Egyptian officials, dismissals and police snooping was disrupting morale, particularly of the expert foreign pilots who guide ships through the waterway. Todn}'» Chuckle •'Didn't I borrow $5 from you last week?" "No you didn't." "How careless of me! Can you let me have it now?" Victim of Mystery Plane Crash BODY REACHES TOKYO— Th« casket containing body of Air T«*. 1.0. bert Ferry Mattiu, 26, ol Delta, Ohio, Is loaded iuto a waiting ambulance after arrival at Atsugi airport near Tokyo Sunday* Ilia wa* the one body rawvered fr«M the sea after a U. S. Navy plane with 17 aboard \va# «hot down by M uaMr«tifk4 Dhuie off the Bed China oc*»t. (AP uh|t

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