Lake Charles American-Press from Lake Charles, Louisiana on July 7, 1964 · Page 7
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lUtMJAr', JULY 7, 1964, Loke Charles American Press 7 Dying Cost Probe Opened by Senate WASHINGTON (AP)-A Senate subcommittee opened hearings today into the "high cost of dying" and heard witnesses from the funeral industry tell of abuses in prices and selling, and unveil a proposal for correcting them. Wilbur M. Kriegev. managing director of the National Selected Morticians, Evanston, 111., told the Senate subcommittee that his trade association had suggested 27 rules to the Federal Trade Commission "for the elimination of abuses in the funeral field." He said some of the criticisms and charges against the funeral industry—which he noted had triggered such headlines as "Death Cost Too High" and "The Undertakers' Racket"— are justified. "But," he added in his statement, "there are many criticisms which are based only on isolated instances of abuse and misrepresentations of fact." He said it is a fringe minority "which preys on the elderly and j the bereaved" and damages the (reputations of other funeral di; rectors. | The rules that the trade as; sociation has proposed, he said. {would strike at such sales i pitches as these: . "Stating that the law requires • a deceased to be embalmed i when such is not the fact. "Stating that the law requires the use of a burial vault when such is not the fact." He said the rules would also cover such practices as: Paying secret kickbacks to hospital and coroner employes | for steering "a prospective cus- i tomer" to a mortician. ! Saying that a complete timer- 1 al costs $750. for instance, when i there are additional charges or 1 services not included. The hearings by the Senate Antitrust and Monopoly sub- j committee, under Chairman Philip A. Hart, D-Mich., are aimed at uncovering any possi- ! ble restraint of trade and anti: trust aspects in the burial in- 1 dustry. Pageanf F/na/isf Describes Confesf By DOROTHY EDWARDS West Calcaslcu News Bureau SULPHUR (Spl.) - "It didn't seem like competition by the girls at all—it just seemed like one big party and we all had a wonderful time." That is the way Kathy Covington of Sulphur, a finalist in the Miss Louisiana pageant, summed up her participation in the state event held in Monore July 2-4. "I would like to encourage more girls in Calcasieu Parish to take part in the Miss Sulphur or Miss Lake Charles pageant. The local pageants are such fun and, if you are lucky enough to win, the state pageant is 'just a dream,'" Kathy said. "The Monroe Jaycees who sponsored the state pageant treated us like individual queens," she said, "and the entertainments they had planned for us were fabulous. It was a holiday in fairyland for me." The girls were whisked to their many appointments in convertibles chauffeured by college students. Their chaperones, in most instances the girl's mothers, went everywhere with the contestants except to rehearsals, "I think my mother had even more fun during the pageant than I did," Kathy said. Each contestant was assigned Jennings Man in Of Housewife JENNINGS (Spl.) - Mac Segura Jr., 34, Jennings Negro, was charged Monday with aggravated rape of a 17-year-old white housewife. Segura is being held in the Jeff Davis Parish jail without bond, the Jeff Davis sheriff's office said today. The reported rape was said to have occurred at 10 p.m. Friday after the Negro had gained entrance to a bathroom window of the woman's home, forced her to accompany him to his auto several blocks away, and then drove to an undisclosed place in south Jennings. While the woman was away from home, her husband, who frequently works out of town, returned home and had lo break a latch on the front door to gel in. After finding his wife missing, he called city police. Of tiers Placide LeGros and C. J. .Mire reportedly answered the call and found a red cap on the woman's bed. The woman was returned to within a few blocks of her home, Sheriff Louis deLaunay, said The sheriff said the woman told officers the Negro had advised her the cap had been left in the house. After being taken to a hospital, the woman was relea>ed and her condition was listed as not serious. The cap was identified as having been distributed by a fertilizer company and Segura, who works for a local feed company, was picked up. He \vas identified from a lineup by the victim, city police said. Teamsters Pause To Aid Family Members of the striking Teamsters Union Local 6ti3 traded their picket signs for wire brushes and paint brushes today to lend a hand to the lam- ily of a decea.-.wl member. The men gathered al the home f Mrs. Jimmie Elliott at 1W KIlis Drive in. We.-! Luke- to clean the exterior uf the home and apply a new coat of paint Mr. Elliott, an operator ai tne Continental Oil Co. ri.-nim... died April 5. an individual hostess, J a y c e e, wives, to help her dress or change costumes. But, best of all, each girl had her own dress- i ing room with her name on it. ! The pageant competition took! place in Neville High School au- i ditorium and the dressing rooms i were curtained cubicles set up in the school gymnasium. Highlight of the pageant pro-i gram for Kathy was the River '•• Parade on the Ouachita River i Saturday when each girl had I her "own" boat. Then the girls j boarded house boats for a float- • ing luncheon, disembarking at the West Monroe Country club. ; The last night, of the pageant, j all the contestants appeared on | stage and the finalists were i called, then each had to com- i pete again in the swimsuil, eve-, ning gown and talent contests.' Miss Sulphur's number was 27 and (he finalists were called by I their original number so she j ] was ninth to be called. There j I were 33 contestants in the pa- i i geant. , ! "I'm still stunned that I was chosen as a finalist," Kathy said | Monday, ''but it was one of the'. ; thrills of my life. That's why; I would like to urge as many \ I girls as possible to take part in I the pageants here." \ \ The dimpled, brown-eyed bru- | nette McNeese student is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Covington, 1326 E. Kent Drive, Sulphur. j The Miss Sulphur pageant is! i sponsored by the Sulphur Opti-' mist club and the Lake Charles i : pageant is sponsored by the i ; Jaycees. i Cherie Martin of Pineville was 1 chosen Miss Louisiana for 1964. Cheryl Peterson of Ringgold and Patricia Marie Ragusa, Miss Greater New Orleans, was runners-up. i Other finalists were. 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