Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on October 28, 1952 · Page 1
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T^MWR /ITITRE Monday: high 82; low 51. Last night's low: 32. Airport noon temperature: 45. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS TO NONE A NON-PARTISAN PAPER WEATHER SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: Clearing and colder tonight. Wednesday mostly fair, not quite so cold in afternoon. Low tonight 23-29. High Wednesday 50-55. VOLUME XXXIII —NO. 26 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS — TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1952 25c PER WEEK BY CARRIER MENARD PRISON RIOTS SPREAD STEVENSON ASSAILED BY MCCAR T HY Senator Charges Democratic Candidate for President "Has Given Aid fo the Communist Cause/' SAYS GOVERNOR HAS LEFT-WING ADVISERS Claims Stevenson Tried to "Foist Communism on Italy/' Is Linked With Hiss, Lattimore. By Associated Prist CHICAGO—Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy charged Monday night that Gov. Adlai Stevenson, Democratic candidate for president, has given "aid to the Communist cause." McCarthy, speaking on a nationwide television and radio hookup financed by a privately sponsored $50-a-plate dinner, said the issue in the current presidential contest is: "Will communism win or will America win?" In his prepared text, McCarthy said that "I do not state that Stevenson was a Communist or a pro- Communist, but I must believe something was wrong somewhere." However, in his speech before the nation-wide audience, McCarthy deleted this sentence. The Wisconsin Republican senator was lustily cheered by his audience of 1,150 diners in a Loop hotel ballroom at various points in his speech. Once booing halted: him briefly when a heckler^shouted. The heckler was quickly spirited out by policemen. Charges Left-Wing: Advisers, McCarthy made these charges against the Illinois governor: 1. That Stevenson is surrounded by some left-wing advisers. . ' 2. That the Democratic nominee "would continue the suicidal Kremlin-dictated policies of this nation." 3. That Stevenson, assigned the task of formulating post war U. S. policy in Italy, prescribed a plan for "foisting communism''-,on the Italians. 4. That Stevenson is "part and parcel" of the "Acheson-Hiss-Lattimore group." McCarthy had not concluded his speech when his broadcast time of 30 minutes ended. After he went off the air, he charged that Stevenson had the endorsement, in effect, of the Communist newspaper Daily Worker. The speech which McCarthy prefaced with a description as "the facts and evidence in the case of Stevenson versus Stevenson," made an immediate splash of controversy in the fast-climaxing presidential campaign. Claim "Distortion" An immediate claim of "distortions, exaggerations and'inaccura- cies" by McCarthy was made in connection with references in the speech to the Institute of Pacific Relations, William Holland, secretary-general of the institute, said in Berkeley, Calif., that McCarthy erred in stating that the McCarran committee ever charged the IPR was Communist-controlled}' He also claimed the Senator was wrong in referring to "missing" documents of the institute, which Holland said, had been thoroughly examined by FBI agents several months before McCarthy's agents "found" them. Hours before McCarthy spoke, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, the Republican presidential candidate, campaigning in Pennsylvania, emphasized that subversives must be cleared out of government, but in doing so "we have to destroy the reputation of no innocent man. We can do it, and must do it the American way." "Smear," Says Adlai In Massachusetts, Stevenson, also commenting in advance of the speech, said, "Tonight, you will here the most magnificent of all smears of all times when the junior senator from Wisconsin tries to save the election for the Republicans." Former leadership of the Americans for Democratic Action was cited by McCarthy as evidence of leftish attitudes by two of Stevenson's advisers, Wilson Wyatt, the governor's personal campaign manager, and Arthur Schlesinger Jr., a speech writer and researcher. A spokesman for the ADA commented in Washington that "McCarthy's attack is not against communism but against liberals," and that the group "is passionately devoted to democratic civil liberty and will continue its fight for the rights of all Americans." In New York, Stephen A. Mitchell, Democratic national chairman, said Gen. Eisenhower "must assume full responsibility" for the speech. Mitchell, commenting" on the speech, quoted from an editorial published today by the New York Times, which is supporting Eisenhower for president,, which said (OOBIlBMl «• MP Kenneth Lacey Rites Thursday At 3:30 O'clock Funeral services will be held here Thursday afternoon for Lynnfred Kenneth Lacey of Mt. Vernon a Yeoman 2/C .n the U. S. Navy who was killed Saturday in an automobile accident at Norfolk, Va. KENNETH LACEY The services will be held at 3:30 p. m. at Myers Chapel, with the Rev. Bayne Wilson officiating. The services will be in charge of the American Legion. .The body will arrive from Portsmouth, Va., by 'Navy escort, at 5:49 a. m. Wednesday and will be taken to Myers Chapel, where friends may call after 3:00 p. m. Wednesday. The Navy escort is Loyd A. Safford, Yeoman 1/C. Kenneth was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence O. Lacey of 529 south 24th street. He was 25 years two months and two days of age. HUGE CROWDS IN HARLEM FOR ADLAI PARADE Negroes in Biggest and Noisiest Reception of Stevenson Campaign. EISENHOWER SAYS HE HAS NOT CHANGED Holds Sam* Views as Before; Warns Against a Future Yalta. By Associated Press NEW YORK.—Gov. Adlai E. Stevenson aimed his political ar guments on New York City and New Jersey today after a wild and emotional greeting in Harlem which possibly, indicated where much of the city's big Negro vote will go in the election next Tuesday. The Democratic presidential candidate was given the biggest, noisiest reception in all his campaign Monday night when he stopped in Harem at the end of a day of hard campaigning in New England. All day long, Stevenson slashed at Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower who he said may have delayed an armistice in Korea by offering to go to Korea, if elected, to see what can be done about ending the war. He also criticized Eisenhower for blaming the Korean War on the Truman administration. He will make a major address in Madison Square Garden at 9:30 p. m. CST, which will be broadcast nationally by Dumont television and CBS radio. 200,000 See Parade "City police estimated 200,000 people had turned out for the giant rally and torchlight parade in Harlem Monday night. Stevenson told the rally: "I shall not raisy false hopes by making cheap and easy promises and by pretending that we have quick and slick solutions. "You have recently heard the General on the subject of Korea. The General should know that the source of the Korean War does not lie in Korea—it lies in Moscow. And he should know, too, that the way to bring that war to an end is not through American disunity but through American unity." Propose Make-Up After Election By Associated Press WASHINGTON.—The National Potato Council today invited Adlai Stevenson. Dwight Eisenhower and their running mates to a "makeup" dinner two days after the election. "It's a good old custom," said a spokesman for the council, "for political opponents to make up after the heat of the campaign has been cooled by the results of election day." The dinner will be held at 7 p. m., (EST) Nov. 6, at the Hotel Washington. More Trouble ' On Koje Island By Associated Press PUSAN, Korea. — American guards killed, one North Korean prisoner and wounded 74 others in breaking up a demonstration on bloody Koje Island Sunday, the Army announced today. . No Americans were injured. The Allied prisoner of war command said the North Korean prisoners refused to break up a military drill. By Associated Press NEW YORK—Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower said today "I have changed in no way" since the presidential campaign began. He added that his views and convictions on national issues are the same as they were four years ago, despite his opposition's charges to the contrary. The* general made the statements at Queen Borough Hall as he began a three-day swing through New York City and the surrounding metropolitan area in quest of New York State's 45 electoral votes. He was traveling by motorcade in .Queens and Nassau counties. Gov, Thomas E. Dewey, the 1948 GOP presidential nominee, was riding with Eisenhower. Eisenhower said his political opponents have been spreading reports that, since the opening of the campaign, he has changed his position on most of the major national and international questions. "I am the same man I was when I came home to begin this crusade," the general said. Eisenhower said in Pittsburgh Monday night that he hoped the men who believe in concessions to the Russians never have to deal with them. "My most solemn hope," he asserted, "is that men who talk this language are never alloWted in the name of the American people to go to Moscow, or to some future Yalta or Potsdam." Hits Stevenson on Red Concessions The words "this language" referred to Stevenson's speech in San Francisco last May. Eisenhower, quoting from that pronouncement, said Steve son talked of "prolonged public-discussion of what it will be necessary to concede" to Soviet Russia. The general's comment was: "This is the language that in vites war itself." In Pittsburgh Eisenhower commented: "There is something more serious in this line of talk. It betrays again the mentality that is completely untutored in the tough business of world relations." This" was the line Eisenhower was expected to pursue from now until the-end of the campaign. He returned from a day-long sweep through Pennsylvania and immediately boarded an automobile for a series of appearances in the heavily populated areas around New York and on Long Island. His schedule calls for him to spend the next three days near New York City in an intensive effort to build his strength in a state which is considered doubtful. Prof Heckles McCarthy; Booed And Arrested By Associated Press CHICAGO.—A college political science professor, arrested for heckling Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy during his television and radio speech Monday night, told the Court today he interrupted be cause "I am alarmed at what seems to be creeping Fascism in this country." Dale Pontius, 46, a teacher at Roosevelt College in Chicago, was brought before Judge Harold P. P'Connell in South State Street Court. Pontius was wearing a Stevenson button. Pontius, charged with disorderly conduct, was granted a continuance until Nov. 19. He asked the delay because he said his attorney, Leon Despres, was unable to be in court today. Pontius, one of the students in the rear of the ballroom Monday night, shouted an interruption. A storm of booes echoed from the audience, the 6 foot 4 Pontius was rushed from the room by police. The disturbance could be heard by the nation-wide radio and television audience. Pontius was released Monday night on $10 bond. He was released again today pending his next court appearance. SCENE OF CONVICT UPRISING Menard Penitentiary, near Chester, III. Five-Day Forecast By Associated Pre'ss Five-day Illinois extended forecast Oct. 28-Nov. 1: Average temperatures 4-8 degrees below normal. Normal maximum 55 north to 63 south. Minimum 35 north to 40 south. Rising temperatures Wednesday ana Thursday; turning colder late Thursday and Friday, warming Saturday; turing colder Sunday. No precipitation of consequence. JAPANESE POWER STRIKE By Associated Press TOKYO — The 120.000 members of the All-Japan Electric Industry Workers' Union went on strike today for higher wages. /Power blackouts resulted in nany sections of the country. REDS ATTACK U. N. LINES ON SNIPER RIDGE Chinese Launch Blow by Moonlight and Without Artillery Barrage. By Astoclntod Prets SEOUL, Korea — About 700 Chinese Reds, attacking under the light of a bright moon stormed into the main Allied lines into the main Allied lines on Sniper Ridge tonight. The Central Front attack opened sat-11 -p. m.' without the usual preliminary artillery barrage. The Chinese battalion launched the assault from a strong point on the northern edge of Sniper. On the Eastern Front, North Korean Reds slammed twice at Allied lines on rugged Heartbreak Ridge. U. N. troops threw them back with fierce counterattacks. Far to the West, U. S. Marines mopped up the last Communist resistance and restored their lines on the U. fa. Eighth Army's left flank. The Leathernecks reported destruction of a complete Chinese communist regiment —about 3,000 men. On the Central Front, Allied soldiers hurled back strong Chinese assaults at half a dozen key points and piled up the toll of Red dead. Maj. Gen. Edwin Pollack, U. S 1st Marine Division commander, told correspondents: "We are in complete control of everything we pulled back from." Marines Hold "The Hook" AP correspondent Milo Farneti reported from the front that Leathernecks were in firm possession of The Hook, a ridgeline northeast of Panmunjem, and two outposts to the north. About 1,500 Reds hit the Marine sector Sunday night. The Marines counterattacked and kicked the Reds off late Monday. During the pre-dawn darkness today they mopped up small hold-out units. After daybrbeak the Marines took two outposts without opposition. MT.V. RESIDENTS: STOP BURNING TRASH, LEAVES City Officials Issue Strict Order Against Outside Burning "Until Further Notice" During Acute Danger Period Caused by Driest October in Years. Ten Fires Yesterday. City Council to Meet Early Next Monday Night The regular meeting of the Mt. Vernon city council next Monday night, November 3, will begin at 6:30 p. m., an hour earlier than usual. .. Mayor Milton Forsyth today urged all members of the council to be on time as two important sewer ordinances will be up for consideration. The early meeting time was decided upon because Monday night's council meeting comes on the night before the election and an early adjournment, by 8:00 p. m. if possible, is planned. Al imony Battle Lost by Flynn By Associated Press LOS ANGELES.—Errol Flynn has lost another court alimony battle with his former wife, actress Lili Damita—to the extent of $105,712.90. The latest decision in the long dispute, handed down Monday by Superior Judge Clarence, Kincaid, paralleled one by Superior Judge Elmer D. Doyle in 1950. The latter one is on appeal. The actor's attorneys said the Kincaid decision also will be appealed. Miss Damita's lawyers obtained the award after thfey claimed Flynn has paid nothing on $1,500- a-month alimony since the appeal of the 1950 decision. Judge Kincaid rules Flynn owes $61,160 in income taxes on the payments and is in arrears $40,500 in his alimony. A strict order forbidding the burning of leaves and rubbish in Mt. Vernon until further notice was issued by city offficials this morning. Acute fire danger from the driest October in southern Illinois in many years, resulted in the joint order from Mayor Milton Forsyth, Fire Chief Paul Partridge and Police-Chief Verner Pigg. Chief Partridge explained the order as follows: "Until further notice all outside burning—of leaves, Cubbish or any type of trash—is strictly forbidden. "The order was made necessary by an acute danger of a disastrous fire from the ever increasing number of grass fires. "Violators of the order will be prosecuted. 10 Fires Monday Chief Partridge pointed out that, ten fires, many of which endangered homes and other property, occurred in Mt. Vernon yesterday and last night. Five of the fires occurred be tween 10:20 last night and 12:35 a. m. today. They were all blazes in leaves and authorities believe they were set by Hallowe'en pranksters. Poice Chief Verner Pigg warned that any youngsters caught set ting leaves on fire during the dangerously dry fall season will be arrested and prosecuted. Clerks to Meet Here on Proposal To End Dispute The general membership of the Retail Clerks Local 806 will meet at 1:00 o'clock Thursday afternoon to consider a proposal,of the merchants association to end the labor dispute here. In the meantime downtown Mt. Vernon retail stores remained closed today in the dispute which began last Thursday afternoon when clerks picketed Glassman's Department Store. A lengthy meeting was held last night between the clerks' union committee and the merchants' association committee. The union committee agreed to take a proposal of the merchants' committee to the general membership of the union. Mrs. Edna Hunt, business, rep- presentative of the clerks' local, said this afternoon that notices are being sent out. to the clerks to attend a general membership meeting at 1:00 p. m. Thursday, October 30, at the A. F. of L. Hall, 2409 Broadway to consider the proposal. TRUMAN SAYS GOP IS USING SMEAR, FEAR Says "Murderers' Row" Character Assassins" Would Ring Ike. of INSANE PRISONERS JOIN MUTINY TODAY: 10 GUARDS SEIZED Ten Psychiatric Division Convicts, Armed With Knives, Take Three Hostages in Asylum Kitchen This Afternoon. Warden Tries to Starve Out 300 Who Hold Fairfield Officer, Six Other Guards. linois Mines Resume Work By Associated Prsss CHICAGO — Illinois United Mine Workers were reported back on the job throughout the state today, ending a walkout which began a week ago Monday. Some of them returned to the pits Monday, but telegraphed instructions were not received in time in many cases. John L. Lewis, UMW president, telegraphed all locals Monday to get their men back on the job, ending a walkout over a wage dispute with the government. Fire Threatens Oil Field Tanks By Associated Prist NASHVILLE — Sohio Pipe Line workers helped bring a forest fire under control near Nashville in Southern Illinois that had threatened oil storage tanks. By Associated Pratt ABOARD TRUMAN TRAIN En Route to Minnesota — President Truman said today the Republicans are trying to win the election by the Joe McCarthy tactics of "smear and fear" and "slander and character assassination." He declared that If such tactics can succeed "the rights and liberties of all Americans will be in deadly peril." And he took a slap at what, he called the "one party press" for accusing him of "mud-slinging," •saying that he tells "the truth" on the Republicans "and it hurts!' That was in an address prepared for delivery at St. Paul during a rugged day of campaigning en route fo Hibbing, in the Minnesota [ran range district, for a major address tonight, at 8 CST. Truman didn't reply directly to a nation-wide speech Monday night by Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis.). But he again criticized Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's endorsement of McCarthy's re-election campaign along with that of Sen. Jenner (R-Ind.). "If the Republicans can't fool the people on the issues, by saying 'Me-too,' they think perhaps the tactics of Joe McCarthy will get the people so confused'and fearful and suspicious that they will forget the issues," the President asserted." He told the voters: "Do not be misled by the military splendor of a five-star candidate. Do not be misled by Republican 'me-too' promises that are sure to be forgotten when election time is past. "Above al), do not bo deceived by slander and false rumor and character assassination." Truman told a rousing Democratic rally at Gary, Ind., Monday night that if Eisenhower is elected, he will be surrounded by a Republican "murderers' row" of character assassins." Says Taft Would Rule And Sen. Robert A. Taft of Ohio, not Elsenhower, "will be president," in fact, Truman added. The 4,500-seat Gary Memorial Auditorium was packed to over- listened outside as Truman as- flowing and hundreds of others sorted: "Look who would be standing behind Taft in a Republican congress. Reactionaries and character assarisins and isolationists like McCarthy, Jenner, Bricker, Capehart and Kern would control the Senate. Reactionaries and isolationists like Martin, Allen, Halleck, Taber and Hoffman would control the House of Representatives." Shouts of "Give 'em hell, Harry," "Pour it on" and "Atta boy, Harry" punctuated Truman's talk in one of the most enthusiastic receptions of the campaign. Police Chief John Foley said the crowd in and around the auditorium totaled 7,000 persons while he said the crowds on the streets ran around 15,000 persons. X By TOM MADDOX AP Staff Writer CHESTER, III. — Rioting at Menard State Prison spread today to the psychiatric division, where 550 dangerous mental cases are quartered, but Warden Jerome E Munlo expressed belief the situation would bo brought under control In a short time. A prison offficial said 300 psychiatric division prisoners stormed a kitchen to their cellhouse and that 10 of them armed with butcher knives barricaded themselves inside the kitchen with three guards as hostages. The new uprising began shortly after 1 p. m. (CST) in a section of the prison directly across from the east cell block where 300 in mates have been holding out since they seized six guards and a pris on lieutenant late Monday. Munie said that after the new outbreak guards succeeded in per suadlng all except the 10 who barricaded themselves in the kitchen to return to their individual cells Not all of the prisoners who engaged in the new uprising were psychiatric cases, Munie said but the* outbreak occurred in the psychiatric division—north cell block No. 2. Warden Jerome E. Munie, fear ful that any open move to put down the rebellion might cost the lives of the hostages, planned to starve the convicts into submission. Food, Water Cut Off. All food and water supplies were cut off. By mid-morning the rebel prisoners, strangely, had made no demands. The ugly stone and concrete prison was quiet, Only outward sign of disorders were ma; chine guns manned at strategic points around the besieged east cell block. The convicts upset the warden's plnns to storm the cell block with 60 armed guards shortly after the riot began by threatening to throw the hostages from a 50-foot-high cell tier balcony. It was the warden's theory the convicts were bent on a mass break when they seized the guards while marching from the mess hall into their cell block at about 5 p. m. CST. "We moved too fast for them," Munie said. Inmates were reported Monday night to be calling-for dov. Adlai Stevenson, who was out of the state. Fairfield Officer Unharmed Leaders of the outbbreak, none identified, brought Lieut. Loren T. Stewart, 55-year-old Fairfield officer in charge of the cell block, down five flights of stairs today so that authorities could sc& he was unharmed. "To the best of my knowledge," Munie said, "all of the seven men are alive and unharmed. We are having to take the prisoners' word for it. None of us has seen any of the seven except Lieutenant Stewart. "The only kind of a deal I would make would be for the inmates to turn the officers over to us. Only then will we feed them." Some 270 prison guards and 70 state policemen, working in shifts, rinsed the cell block which is encircled by a prison wall. "Shoot To Kill" Order They were ordered to "shoot to kill" in the event of an escape effort. The east cell block, made of poured concrete and the most modern quarter. of the prison, was the scene of a 27-hour revolt five weeks ago in which two convicts and a state policeman were injured. Tear gas was used to quell that uprising. The rebellious inmates switched off all lights and became quiet a few hours after seizing control of the cell block Monday. Some inmates were quoted by officers as calling out, we want to see the governor." Other shouts of: we want to see the big boss" were reported. Munie said ne thought they wanted to see him, not the governor. Gov. Stevenson, campaigning for president on the Democratic ticket is in New York. When told that, some inmates were quoted ^s saying: "He flew out there and he can fly back." Rumors of Mass Break The latest violence at the Southern Illinois prison along the Mississippi River set the city of Chester abuzz with false rumors of a mas break. The prison has 1,850 inmates. With guns ringing the walls and at vantage points atop prison buildings, the insurgent inmates would have to risk a blood bath in a break for freedom. If they moved out the east cell house, they still would be only In the prison yard. On call were 70 armed guards and 45 state policemen. Prison officials speculated whether the rebellion was the start of a plot for a general breakout or whether it was spontaneous. Unknown prisoner- — spokes-— men said before midnight, "we don't intend to do anything before morning." The inmates blacked out their 1,000-cell house. The prison cut off all water. A silence—strangely contrasting to the raucous riot five week ago—settled over the east house most of the night. The rebellion started as the east cell house inmates returned from supper Monday. One guard with the keys was seized and six other officers were held from escaping. Ilerrln Man Released An eighth officer, Leo H. Gosnel of Herrin, was permitted to leave after he fainted because of a heart condition. Before midnight, inmates yelled, "if you want to feed the officers, we'll see that they get the food." Hostages were Lieut. Loren Stewart of Fairfield, and guards Delbert Wiggs of Carbondale, William L. Blithe of Tamaroa, Walter Miller of Chester, Ernest. Richardson of Grantsburg, Edward Keller of Tamaroa and Ignatius Castellano of Wlllisville. ; f The warden gave his version of the outbreak: "I think they planned a general delivery. They planned to grab the guard and the keys and go over the wall. We moved too fast for them. "It confused them so they stalled until daylight. The reason I think it was a general delivery plot was that they took all the money the officers had. We were expecting some of them to dress in officers' uniforms and try coming out." Munie said no action would be taken until a way could be found to save the officers. Frank Tfapp, superintendent of state prisons, said he made an attempt to talk with the convicts today. He said he called to the men from a cell door and asked "What's the trouble," and "What do you want?" Trapp said one inmate called back, "We'll listen to what you've got to say, but we won't say anything." State Police Capt. Herbert Nofs said the present strategy is to wait out the inmates. "They started it. It is up to them to make the move," he added. The rioting prisoners were not served breakfast today. Lt. Gov. Sherwood Dixon was reported by Munie as standing by in Chicago in response to reports the convicts had called for Governor Stevenson. Judge Enters Innocent Plea in Murder Case By Associated Press LAWRENCEVILLE, III. — A plea of innocent has been entered for Charles Petrach, 25, charged with murder in the schoolroom slaying of his ev-sweetheart librarian. Petrach, from Gary, Ind. made no reply when asked at his arraignment Monday if he was pleading guilty or not, so Circuit Judge Ben Eovaldi entered the innocent plea and set trial for Nov. 17. The body of Miss Georgine Lyon, 23. was found in a Lawrenceville High School class room Sept. 3. She had been shot seven times. Lawrence County authorities said Petrach has admitted shooting Miss Lyon because she broke off their romance. Salem Man Is Fatally Injured By Associated Press ELDORADO, 111. — Harry Pickett, 27, Southern Illinois representative for an appliance company, died in an Eldorado hospital today of injuries suffered Monday night in a two-car collision near here. Pickett, who lived at Salem, was a passenger in a car driven by Mart Watson, 27, of Eldorado, whi was hospitalized with injuries. Driver of the second car - in* volved in the head-on collision wag Harley Patton of CavflfrRock.

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