Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on November 15, 1966 · Page 1
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TEMPERATURE Monday high 60, low 33. 7:00 a.m. today 33. Downtown noon today 64. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS WEATHERS Southern Illinois—Fair to partly cloudy and mild through Wednesday. Lows tonight from 30s to low 40s. High Wednesday from 60s to around TO. VOLUME XLVII—NO. 41 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1966 30c Per Week GEMINI RETURNS FROM SPACE ,„ ^ ». _ n-j/ Mail Plane Crashes In East Germany LETTER TO MAYOR, COUNCILNIEN: OPPOSE SALE OF COMMUNITY CENTER SCENE OF -EXECUTION' SLAYINGS — Th|} is the Bosc-Mar College of Beauty at Mesa, Ariz., where four young women and a chUd were slain with shots in the head after being forceil to lie on the floor inside. A Mesa high school senior, Robert Smith, 18, has been charged by police wlU. the crimes. (AP Wirephoto) The Killer Laughed Inquest In Slaying Of 5 Held Today MESA, Ariz. (AP) - An all- male coroner's jury, acting swiftly, ruled today that four Women and an infant girl died "as the result of gunshot wounds Inflicted by Robert Benjamin Smith." The six-man panel reached its unanimous verdict, deliberating only 10 minutes, after hearing an hour of testimony. Smith, who surrendered at the scene of the beauty shop slay- Ings Saturday morning, remained in a jail cell in nearby Phoenix while jurors viewed the victim's bodies. Smith's father, retired Air Force Maj. Robert Smith, sat quietly at the back of the Mesa justice courtroom as the verdict was read. , Bonita Sue Harris, 18, the only adult survivor of the shooting, remained under treatment in Southside District Hospital. The Btudent beautician suffered head and arm wounds and was expected to be hospitalized several more days. Smith's parents issued a statement through tlieir attorney e.xpressing grief over "the terrible ti-agedy wrought upon mankind by their disturbed boy." Rod Wood, the lawyer who has an -anged psychiatric treatment for young Smith, said Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Smith "extend their heai't-lelt sympathy to relatives and friends of tlie Victims. Police said young Smith told them he waited for student hairdressers of the Rose-Mar College of Beauty to arrive for work, then forced the first arrivals to lie in a circle and killed them to "get known. . .get myself a name." Dead are Mary Margaret 01- sen, 18, Glenda Carter, 18, and Carol Farmer, 19, all students; Joyce Sellers, 27, the only customer in the shop, and Mrs. Sellers' 3-year-old daughter, Debra. Miss Harris and Tamara Lynn, Mrs. Sellers' 3-month-old daughter who was shielded from the bullets by her mother's body, were listed in good condition in the Mesa hospital. The baby was hit in an arm. Mt. V. MenWTn Farm Bureau State Awards Two Mt. Vernon men were among lUinoisans honored 'ast night by the Illinois Agricultural Association, the state-wide Farm Bureau. They were Robert T. Rawlings, assistant Jefferson county farm adviser, and Carl Gaston, vocational agriculture instructor at Mt. Vernon high school. Each was honored for 25 years of service to agriculture. The lAA paid tx-ibute to leading county Fai-m Bureaus and individuals who have provided outstanding service during 1966 in helping Dllnois farmers reach goals they have set for them' selves and their organizations. In addition to honoring Farm Bureau leaders, the lAA honored 15 Il'inois vocational agriculture instructors and farm advisers for 25 years of service to agriculture. The awards program was held at the Sherman House in Chicago last night, on the ihst day of the lAA annual meeting. No Directed Verdict Sheppard Case In Final Arguments By ARTHUR EVERETT CLEVELAND, Ohio (API- Common Pleas Judge Francis J. Talty turned down a renewed motion for a directed verdict of Innocent in Samuel H. Sheppard's second-degree murder trial today, and ordered the case to go to a jury of seven men and five women. Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey argued of the state's case against the 42-year-old defendant that "the overwhelming weight of the evidence is entirely Inconcistent with guilt." "There is no case against the defendant," Bailey argued, citing a minority opinion in 1956 When the Ohio State Supreme Court refused Sheppard a new trial. Sheppard later won a retrial from the U.S. Supreme Court. "The court believes," Judge Talty told Bailey in overruling his motion, "that this is not the Sheppard case of 1954; this is the Sheppard case of 1966, a new case." Talty also turned down three motions by Bailey to strike state testimony from the record of tiie retrial. Testimony concluded Monday, without Sheppard taking the witness stand. Final arguments were to be made today, followed by Judge Tally's charge to the jury. Central Church To Observe 50th Anniversary .The Centi'al Church of Christ, 301 North 10th, will observe the 50th anniversary of tlie.laying of the corner stone of the "old building" next Sunday and at the same time will pay special recognition In the morning worship semces to some 30 members who were present when the building was erected and are still attending Central. This 1316 building still is used as a sanctuary for Bible School assemblies and like functions, but church services are held in the adjoining new auditorium. Only a short time back mortgage burning ceremonies were held, clearing the indebtedness on the new building. A committee composed of chairman Kenneth Bevis, Sunday School superintendent Don Shafer, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Heifner, Harold Clark and Tommy Taylor organized the recognition services. Those having special parts Sunday in the program honoring the half century members are Herbert J. Wilson, minister of the church; Kenneth Bevis, Don Shafer and Mrs. Marion Heifner, who will also ouUine some of the church's history during these 50 years. ART RESCUE FUOHT NEW YORK (AP) — Nineteen art experts left Kennedy International Airport Monday night lor Florence, Italy, to see what they can do to help save that city's, art ti'easui'es which were dainaged by floods. A letter opposing the sale of Uie Mt. Vernon Community Center building has been sent to Mayor Joe Martin and all tour city councilmen. "The letter, from the Conmiun- Ity Center committee, also voiced the opinion that the old post office building at 11th and Main should be kept as a public building for future needs, even if It is not contuiued as a commim- ity center. "We could never acquire such a building or location at this price again," the letter said. The (xwunittee's letter also detailed the uses and improvements at the bulldhig since the city bought it two years ago. The city council recently asked the committee for such a report. Here is the committee's report to the councU: "Late in 1964 Mayor John Manion appointed a citizen's committee to administer the new Community Center. This Committee was reappointed in 1965 when Mr. Joe Martin became mayor of the city. ITiis Committee had two principal tasks—(1) Raise funds to repair, redecorate, and get the building into shape for use, and (2) administer the building in the best interests of the taxpayers. "'When the Committee took possession of the old post office they were faced with problems that needed immediate action. Numerous leaks from the roof, gutters and the exterior walls were damaging the interior of the building. These problems were eliminated and the building was given a thorough cleaning. "Before making any major repairs to the building a panel of local architects was called in for consultation. These architects gave freely of their time and talents. A plan for remodeling the main floor was presented, approved, and a contract was awarded to carry out the work. At the suggestion of the City Manager the Committee invited Mr. Clarence Pearson to assist in this planning. Mr. Clarence Pearson also advised the Committee. The Committee believes that tills i-emodeling has greatiy improved the Community Center. "At this same time tht Committee embai-ked on a program to raise funds for operating the building and to finance the modernization program. Many local citizens and numerous local clubs conti'ibuted generously. In addition some funds were received as rentals. To date slightly more than $15,000 has been raised. Improvements to the building Include: 1. Repairs to the roof. 2. Repahrs to gutters. 3. Caulking of windows. 4. Tuck-pointing exterior (part). 5. Repairs to the heating sys tem. 6. Repairs and additions to the electric system, 7. Remodeling the lobby. I 8. Construction of a check room. 9. Modernlizing two rest rooms. 10. Installation of sink and counter cabinet in small meeting room. 11. Redecorating the auditor ium. 12. Redecorating lower floor Continued On Page 7-<oliiinn 2 Hit Birth Control Catholics Study Friday Meat Policy WASHINGTON (AP )— The question of meat on Friday for the nation's Roman Catholics comes up today at an extraordinary conference of bishops, Tlie 219 American prelates turn their attention to this issue after: — Accusing the Johnson administration of coercing the poor to practice bu:th control. — Using a computing machine to conduct the fu^t election in their history. Archbishop John F. Dearden of Detroit was chosen president of the episco­ pal conference, granted new powers by Pope Paul VI and the Ecumenical Council at Rome. One of the issues up to the bishops, archbishops and cardinals is whether American Catholics must continue to abstain from meat on Friday, or whether some other form of penance, such as prayer and good works, may be substituted. An influential body of opinion in the American hierarchy has argued for virtual abolition of the no meat-on-Friday rule, as obsolete. It akeady has been abandoned in some countries, including Canada, Italy and France. On the birth control issue. Bishop Raymond J, Gallagher of Lafayette, Ind., a spokesman for the prelates, told a news conference: "We have the spectre of the government offering below minimum relief to the poor with one hand while the other is filled with contraceptives." He called this a threat to liberty and the dignity of the individual. Of tiie 261 cardinals, archbishops and bishops eligible to attend the five-day conference, 219 are here. Conference officials said the others are absent for such reasons as illness or retirement. With Explosion Visiting Judge's Car Bursts Into Flomes In Mt. V. The 1960 Lincoln automobile of a visiting judge burst into flames after an explosion on the Mt. Vernon public square at 12:45 this afternoon. Associate Judge William Eovaldi of Benton, who is conducting a jury trial here today, had just driven the car into a parking place on Ninth street, on the east side of the court house, when the motor of the vehicle caught fire. Associate Judge Alvin Lacy Williams was in the car with Judge Eovaldi and they were re- tui-ning to the court house after lunch. Both men leaped out of tlic car after the explosion in tho motor. Judge Williams ran into the court house and called the fire department. Three men hunled up with fire extinguishers and fought the flames, which were partially under contiol upon amval of firemen. Judge Eovaldi's car appeared to be heavily damaged, although the fire was confined to the area of the motor. Cause of the fire and explosion was not immediately determined, but it was believed to have been caused by leaking gasoline. Ashley Awards $33,200 Contract On Water Plant The Ashley village board last night awarded a $33,200 conti'act for an addition to the Ashley water plant that will double its capacity. The contract was awarded to Jack Troti:er of Mt. Vernon, the low bidder. Trotter said that work will begin on the improvement project within the next two weeks. The addition to the water system will include a filtering plant, gettling basin and • dear well. By HUBERT J. ERE BERLIN (AP)_A Pan American cargo jet flying mail to West Berlin crashed in Communist territory outside West Berlin in predawn darkness today and the East German news agency ADN reported its three crewmen were )<illed. The crash was reported to U.S. officials here by Soviet authorities. The original report gave no account of the plane's pilot, copilot and navigator. The three-jet Boeing 727, flying from Franlcfurt through the East German air corridors, came down about eight miles from its destination in this Communist-surrounded city. A Berlin postal official said it carried 7.1 tons of mail in unsealed bags. The terse ADN dispatch from East Berlin said: "The commission investigating the crash reported that the crew of the crashed plane was killed. Three bodies were recovered." Pan American in Berlin said it was withholding identifications of the airmen pending notification of next of kin. Radar contact with the plane was lost at 2:42 a.m. — 8:42 p.m. EST Monday — when the plane, on a flight from Frankfurt to West Berlin, was about eight miles from West Berlin's Tegel Airport, Pan Amrican said. The pilot did not respond to radio calls after radar contact was lost. Soviet authorities with whom the Western allies man the Ah: Control Center In West Berlin refused immediate commant. "There are rumors the plane may be dovm near a Russian barracks, but we don't know," the spokesrnan said. . There is a Soviet airfield at Staaken, near Doeberitz, west of West Berlin. A Pan American spokesman at Tegel, Airport said the plane, Flight 708, had. been due to arrive at 2:55 a.m. The crew consisted of the pilot, copilot and navigator. Pan American planes operating within Germany usually use Tempelhof Airport in the center of West Berlin, but the jets were switched Monday to Tegel, in the French sector, because of runway repaks at Tempelhof. Other planes operating from Tegel were reported on schedule. Except for allied military craft, only U.S., French and British planes are allowed ac cess to the Communist-surrounded city through air corridors prescribed by agreement with the Soviets. ISRAELIS MAKE SORTIE INTO JORDAN—Israel soldiers return to their homeland Sunday after staging s raid Into Jordan in the Mount Hebron area. A three-and-a-haU-hour clash be* tween Israeli and Jordanian forces ended when Israel agreed to a cease-fire appeal by U.N. observers, an army spokesman said In Tel Aviv. He said the Israelis blew up several houses and tents in Samua village, about one and one-fourth nodles from the armistice border, In an action aimed against persons alegedly using the town a« a base for sabotage operations Into IsraeL (AP Wlreplioto) British School Roof Falls In LEICESTER, England (AP)The roof of a secondaiy school fell in today durmg a storm and 11 Ambulances rushed children to hospitals. A day nursery and several other buildings Were also badly damaged in a whirlwind following a thunderstorm. The secondary school has an enrollment of 6o5 pupils. Leicester, 100 miles north of London, is the center of a wool producing area and a shoe manufacturing town. During LBJ Surgery Humphrey To Be Acting President By WALTER R. MEARS WASHINGTON (AP) —President Johnson, at times an impatient patient, enters Bethesda Naval Hospital today to prepare for tbe .duaLoperat^on..her ^ipes- Wedn^ay mbriiirig. • * " n past' pertormanoe is any guide, Johpsbii may b« dn the move until the last minUte. ' Johnson said he will enter the skyscraper hospital in the Maryland suburbs late today, and undergo throat and abdominal surgery early Wedneiidayt It was Johnson's second date with the surgeons in little more than a year. On Oct.' 8, 1965, he underwent 2 hours •• and 15 minutes of surgery for removal of his gall bladder and a'kidney stone. One of his current problems — an incision hernia on the right side of his abdomen — stems from that operation. Surgeons will correct that condition and remove a growth from his throat, near his right vocal cord. Johnson has termed the operations minor, and said they should take less than an hour. "Within an hour, we will be out from under the influence of the anesthetic," he said Sunday. While Johnson is on the operating table, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey will be acting president. Johnson s:aid they have a standing agreement spelling out procedures to put Humphrey in charge should the President be incapable of carrying out executive duties. "We expect that we will be in the hospital for a very few days and then we will be returning to Texas," Johnson said. 30,000 YANK TROOPS IN ACTION RED GUNNERS DOWN 3 YANK HELICOPTERS Ernie Panzier Waltonvilie Boy Killed On Motorcycle EiTiie Leon Panzier, 16, a junior at Waltonvilie Community High Sch(iol, died at. 4:50 p.m. Monday from injuries received when the motorcycle he was riding collided with the Waltonvilie high school bus near the Waltonvilie high school. He was dead on ai-rival at Good Samaritan Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Freewill Baptist church in Wal­ tonvilie with the Rev. Clifford Hicks officiating. Burial wall be in Maple Hill cemetery at Sesser. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home in Wal­ tonvilie where friends may call after 6:00 p.m. today. At noon, Wednesday, the body will be taken to the church to lie in state until the funeral hour. He was bom Aug. 7, 1950, In Jefferson county, the son of Ernest and Mary (Loucks) Panzier. Besides his parents, who live near Ina, he is sui-vived by three sisters, Mrs. Darrell Dees of Waltonvilie, Jackie and Sherry Panzier, both at home; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Emro Loucks of Sesser. ASTROHAUTS LAND IN SEA NEAR SHIP . By ROBERT TUCKMAN SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — Communist gunners slipt down three U.S. Army helicopters in "Tay Ninh Province today a few hours after B52 bombers pounded the hideout sti'pnghpld there of the-Viet (36ng 9th Division. A U.S. military spokesman said he had no reports yet of casualties nor any word whether _ new ground action had erupted in the Communist C Zone where the largest U.S. ground force of the war is pursuing the Viet Cong, Earlier only light contact had been reported. . . The helicopter losses in Tay Ninh brought'the reported toll of such aircraft in South Viet Nam to at least 223. South Vietnamese headquarters claimed 80 Viet Cong killed in a clash between a company of militiamen and a company of Viet Ctong 40 miles west of Saigon. Moderate government casualties were reported. Elsewhere across South Viet Nam, ground action continued in a lull, and bad weather over North Viet Nam reduced American air strikes sharply Monday for the fourth straight day. Today was the sixth straight day on which the high-flying B52 bombers from Guam pounded the longtime Viet Cong stronghold' along the Cambodian border 60 miles northwest of Saigon. An estimated 30,000 American troops, the largest single force of the war, are massed in the (Continued on Page 2, CoL 1) KmNAP TARGET—Johanna Carter, above, 22, Miss South Africa, was among 52 Miss World contestants touring England's Cambridge University when nine students tried to kidnap her. It was part of university's rag week, an annual spree during which students try to raise money. (AP WlreKhoto), Farm-Business Banquet- Thursday The first annual Famer- Businessman banquet will be held this TTiursday evening at the First Community Church on Salem Road. Sponsored by the Agriculture committee of the Chamber of Commerce, this event will help start Jefferson County's observance of National Farm-City Week, November 1824. Guest Speaker for the banquet will be Richard W. Hough, general manager, Fann Equipment Division of International Harvester Co., located in Chicago. The master of ceremonies will be John A. Dillingham, Rudy Patrick Seed Division, W. R. Grace & Co. with entertainment being provided by the Christian- naires, well known Jefferson county quartet. Information concerning tickets may be obtained at the Clham- ber of Commerce office or the Agriculture Extension office. MOTORCYCUST KILLED EAST PEORU, 111. (AP) Dale Uphoff, 16, of Washington, III., was killed Monday night in the collision of his motorcycle and a Norfolk and Western Railroad freight ti'ain at North Main 1 Street in EastPawia, (NEA Radio-Telepboto) EVEN IN ITALY, the maU gets through one way or another. In this case, very special delivery was In order In Sala Bolognese, a town located between Florence and Bologna in an area bATd hit by. recent flooding. Limping Spaceship Fires Brake Rockets Over Western Pacific After 59 Circuits Of Globe. CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP)' —The Gemini 12 asti-onauts parachuted to a pinpoint landing in the Atiantic's fabled Sargasso Sea today, climaxing four record-shattering days in space and triumphantiy ending America's Gemini progi-am. The sensational space adventure reached a blazing climax when Navy Capt. James A. Lovell Jr. and Air Force MaJ. Edwin E. (Buzz) Aldrin Jr. plunged back through tiie atmosphere and splashed into the sea at 2:20 p .m. Gemini 12 splashed down between 2^ aiid thres milea from the Wasp, "We've got you on the boob tube," mission control exclaimed when the spacecraft was spotted by television cameras coming down. ' "Smike, you're on the tube." The Sargasso Sea, once feared by mariners aa a graveyard of ships because of floating sea. weed, held no dangers for Gemini 12. On Television Generally dear skies and gently rolling waves greeted Lovell end champion space walker Aldrin as'they brought the Gemini program to a thrilling climax within nonge of television cam* eras Aboard the main recoveiy •Iiip, the aircraft carrier Wasp, The cameras pldced up Gem- inll2 as it drifted to earth, dangling beneath its large orange- and-white parachute. The dra. matic pictures were relayed live to U.S. television sets via the Early Bird oommunlcatiaiis sat- elUte. Command pilot James A. Lov- . ell Jr., with spacewalk cham- ' pion Edwin E. (Buzz) Aldrin Jr. at his side, confirmed the reverse rockets successfully fired. The 17,500-mlle-an-hour speed of the orbiting spacecraft was dropped 300 m.p.h., allowing it to be caught in the grasp of earth 's gravity. The four retro-rockets, each generating 2,500 pounds of braking thrust, flred on the rear of a backward-flying Gemini 12 at 1:47 p.m. (EST) as the space chariot flashed 173 mUes above the western Pacific Ocetui near Canton Island. It was exactiy 93 hours after the spacemen blasted off from Cape Kennedy last Friday. "Retiro jettison," Lovell said, confuming the retro - rockets were suffessfully triggered,: then separated as planned from behind the cabin. Lovell spent much of his final orbit using fuel on Gemhi's 12 's re-entry control system to relieve excess pressure noticed by ground stations and had litfle time for chatter. As Gemini 12, made its final pass over a tracking station at Carnarvon, Australia, however, flight controllers radioed to the crew: "It's been a pleasure working with you guys." "Roger, you too," Lovell replied. Gemini 12 was to parachute into the western Atiantic Ocean 707 miles southeast of Cape Kennedy at 2:22 p.m. after circling the glove 59 times in four days and traveling more than 1.6 million miles. A recovery force of ships, planes and helicopters, headed by the aircraft carrier Wasp, were stationed in the planned landing area, where weather conditions were reported satisfactory. The final few hours were busy ones for Lovell and Aldrin, who are bringing at least four new space recoi'ds home with them. At times they told ground controllers that they were too rushed to do everything they were bemg told to do. They monitored a number of problems, none serious, which plagued the record-shattering mission. Lovell, who flew on the 14-day Gemini 7 million last year, commented at one point: "I'm glad tills isn 't GT -7." Ship Is Ailing He appai -ently meant the ail- ;(CoQtinu«d eo a> cSliima 31

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