Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on November 17, 1966 · Page 1
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Thursday, November 17, 1966
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TEMPERATURE Wednesday high 68, low 49. 7:00 a.m. today 49. Downtown noon today 72, MI VERNON REGISTER-NEWS WEATHERS Southern Illinois — Colder t<v right with low 35-42. Cooler Friday with high In 30s. Outlook for Saturday, partly cloudy and con» tinued oool. VOLUME XLVII—NO. 43 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1966 30c Per Week ARSON PROBED FIRES THE 7.5 MILLION-POUND-THBUST SATURN « (S-lC-3) booster roars to life for a 137- ficcond static lest at MarshaU Space Flight Center at Huntsville, Ola., Tuesday. It will be the first stn«:e of the third Saturn 0, likely to be the first of the super rockets to be manned. Officials caUed the test highly Buccessful. ((AF Wlrephoto) On Sheppard Is Acquitted REDS SHELL OUTPOSTS AND TOWN Bv ROBERT TUCKMAN SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — The Viet Cong unleashed mortar attacks on a provincial capital and five government outposts during the night and today in the Mekong Delta. The barrages struck the town Of Ben Tre, 45 miles southwest of Saigon, and a string of militia posts 4S to 78 miles southwest of the capital. Two women were reported killed and nine other civilians wounded in the siielling of Ben Tre during the night. Fifteen militiamen manning one watchtower suffered moderate casualties, a Vietnamese spokesman said. Casualties at the other posts were reported "very Ught." U.S. military headquarters reported only small-scale probes and pati-ol skirmishes. In the largest action, U.S. Marines reported the number of Communists killed Wednesday in a fight below the demilitarized zone rose from 14 to 28. The action, 10 miles south of the zone, was the first of any size in Operation Prairie since , late September. The U.S. command reported that American troop strength in Viet Nam rose to 358,000 last week, an increase of 6,000 over the previous week. 126 Yanks Killed U.S. headquarters reported American casualties last week totaled 932 men, most of them in the bloody fighting in Communist War Zone C in Tay Ninh South Of Mt. V. $1,337,253 Contract On 1-57 Paving A $1,337,253 contract for paving of 3.31 miles of Interstate 57 south of Mt. Vernon was awarded yesterday by the state highway department. The contract was awarded to R. B. Potashnick, and D. L. Harrison Co. of Cape Giarar- deau, Mo. The paving Is scheduled for next year. One other 1-57 contract was also awarded yesterday, in Alexander and Pulaski counties. A $999,625 contract went to Howell Construction Company of Carbondale for two bridges over the Cache River, about tliree and one-half miles noith of Cairo. .(Continued on page 2, column 3) Rule Georgia Assembly Can't Pick Governor ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) — A three-judge federal court ruled formally today that the Georgia Legislature cannot elect a governor in the deadlocked race between Republican Howard (Bo) Callaway and Democrat Lester Maddox. The decision struck down the Georgia Constitution's provision for legislative decision in no- majority elections. An immediate appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was planned by the state. In a decision formalizing its tentative ruling of last Friday, the federal panel merely invalidated the Georgia constitutional provision. But a 10-day suspension of the order was granted to give State Atty. Gen. Arthur K. Bolton time to seek an additional stay from the Supreme Court. Henson Heads State Council On Legislation Eltis Henson, superintendent of Mt. Vernon High School and Community College, has been chosen president of the Joint Legislatuive Educational Council for Illinois. The council plays a prominent role in developing proposed school legislation for presentation to the Illinois General Assembly. It is composed of representatives of all the state education i?| organizations affiliated with the riinois Education Association. Henson said the council will begin a series of meetings in December to discuss possible school legislation. Beginning Saturday Henson will attend meetings of two other state education organizations. He is also president o£ one of them. The Illinois Association of School Administrators will meet in Chicago. During that gathering the executive board off the miooia AssooiatiQO of Eltta Henson Secondary School Principals will also meet. Henson, as president, oaUed itte board session. By ARTHUR EVERETT CLEVELAND. Ohio ^AP) Samuel H. Sheppard, cleared after 12 years in the bludgeon murder of his first wife, savored his complete freedom today and quietly vowed to build a new life with his second wife. The balding, graying man of 42, who served nine years in prison for the crime of which he was acquitted by a jury Wednesday niglit, said: "How can I have anytBing in my lieart left of bitterness. I have no bitterness. I have love in my heart." His lawyers said they expected his osteopathic license, suspended while he was in prison, to be restored. But when asked if he will return to his career as a neurosurgeon, Sheppard replied: "I don't know if I will. If people need help, I will. If people are sick and need a neurosurgeon's help, I will." As for immediate plans, Sheppard told a news conference an hour after the 10:18 p.m. acquittal verdict: "I plan notliing. I would like to go see our parents in Gei-many." As he spoke to newsmen in a downtown hotel, he kept his right arm tightly around his second wife, Ariane Tebbenjo- hanns Sheppard, who has a 13- year-old daughter, by a first marriage, in her native Germany. Sheppard's parents died 11 days apart shortly after his 1954 conviction, his mother by suicide. A jury of seven men and five women, acting just under 12 hours after receiving the case, found Sheppard innocent in the July 4, 1954, slaying of Marilyn Sheppard. She was 31 and five months away from bearing his second child when she was beaten to deatli in the bedroom of tlieir suburban Bay Village home. Sieppard said she was slain by an intruder. Sam Sobs As he heard Common Pleas Judge Francis J. Talty read the verdict, Sheppard, on his feet, slapped the counsel table a resounding blow of jubilation. Then, as his lawyers pushed him down into his chair, he began to sob, his shoulders shaking. Later, in a corridor separating the com-troom where he was convicted in 1954 from the one where he was acquitted 12 years later, Sheppard exulted: "CTiristmas never has an'ived t'_way!" ai-y in Sheppard's first trial convicted him of second-degree murder, and he was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was released on $10,000 bond from Ohio State Penitentiary in 1964 and two days later married Ariane. They began their romance as pen pals when he was Iwhind bars. Last June 6, m a landmark decision, the U .S. Supreme Cpurt ordered Sheppard reti'ied or freed. The court said the original conviction was tainted by "virulent publicity" and what it described as tlie first trial's "carnival atmosphere." The retrial began Oct. 24. F. Lee Bailey, 33, a Boston lawyer, carried Sheppard's case ON FIRING OF MARION COUNTY DIRECTOR JEFFERSON COUNTY VERSION GIVEN ON POVERTY WAR FUSS DEBATE BAR PLANTOCURB COURT NEWS jCoitinued on page 2. col, ZX SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) Proposals of the American Bar Association in the free press- fair trial controversy do not interfere with freedom of speech or of the press, delegates to the Associated Press Managing Editors convention were told today. Grant B. Cooper, a Los Angeles attorney and member of the American Bar Association's advisory committee on fair trial-free press, presented the lawyer 's side at a panel before the editors' 33rd annual convention. Speaking for the press was Sam Ragan of the Raleigh, N.C., News and Observer, who opposed what he described as an ABA plan to impose censorship of news. Cooper, in his prepared speech, said that lawyers, in proposing the restriction of certain information about criminal matters, are merely exercising the right and duty to remain silent on matters that interfere with the right of fair trial. . Cooper said that the. lawyers have proposed amendments to their canons to spell out specifically what they may ethically say and disclose. "In the past, our canons were far too general," he said. The new recommendations provide for discipline by the bench and bar for violation of specific rules. Exclude The Public "It is true," he said, "that we have recommended that a rule be adopted by the courts that in preliminary matters before trial, all or part of some hearings may be held in chambers, or that the public, including the press, be excluded from the courtroom under certain circumstances. "This right to hold limited closed hearings has always been inherent in the courts and does not interfere with either freedom of speech or of the press." "In short, we have sought to insure that every defendant be given the fair and impartial trial guaranteed him under the Constitution, and once fairly convicted, that we avoid the expense and burdens of appeals and retrials resulting from the legal profession's misconduct," Cooper said. "Censorship At Source" Ragan, in his prepared talk, challenged the bar association committee report which he said was based on the assumption that pre-trial news in criminal matters is inherently prejudicial. He criticized the report for Walter Shipp of Centralia was fired as assistant director of the Jefferson - Marion Community Action Agency "simply because he was not devoting full time to the job," accordin?; to Irma Igo of Mt. Vernon, president of the 4(l-member committee of the two counties. Her statement today was in answer to Marion county newspaper accounts concerning a so- called feud between Jefferson and Marion counties in the two- county "war on poverty." The community action agency committee is composed of 20 residents of Jefferson county and 20 residents of Marion county and has the duty of administering the federal anti-poverty program in the two counties. Neal Morgan of Mt. Vernon 5s the director of the two-counfy agency and, until recently, Shipp, former mayor of Centralia, was the assistant du«ctor. Mrs. Igo noted ^at published reports intimated that Shipp came under fire because of a complaint to the Chicago regional office of the Office of Economic Opportunity that he was a wealthy businessman" and should not be on the public payroll. "No such complaint against Mr. Shipp was ever made by Jefferson county members of the committee," Mrs. Igo said, "At no time did we ever question that Mr. Shipp was doing a good job. As far as we are concerned in Jefferson county there is no feud between us and Marion county. The only dispute in this cue is between the Marion county committee member^S and the regional OEO office." Mrs. Igo said she first learned of a complaint against Shipp in a letter from the (Chicago OEO office last February 25. That letter stated that OEO had been informed that Shipp was spending a portion of his time on the business of Booth Motors. (Shipp Is a partner in the Booth Motor Co. of Centralia.) Mrs. Igo said that the February 25 letter stated tliat the assistant director, under OEO rules, must devote fuU time to the activities of the community fiction agency. In mid-March, Mrs. Igo said, she sent a letter to the OEO office stating that she felt Shipp Was devoting full time to the office of assistant director. "That was the last official notice we -had about the matter until October 5," said Mrs. Igo. "At that time we received another letter from the Chicago office requesting that Mr. ShJpp's services be terminated. The letter stated that Shipp had gone to the Chicago office and, during a meeting with regional officials, had said it was bis custom to devote two or three hours a day, two or three days a week, to the affairs of the Booth Motor Company." The letter from the Chicago office insisted that action be taken within ten days. "We were notified that, unless HERE TIE PLANT ROCKED BY EXPLOSIONS (AP Wlrephoto) WITH HIS WIFE and his daughter Luci standing by, President Johnson gives the traditional "0,K." sign for newsmen following liis successful surgery at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Md. (Continued on Page 2, CoL 1) (Continued on Page 2, Column 6) "BEAUTIFUL, SPECTACULAR, BRILLIANT" Early Risers Here See Meteor Shower Today People who got up before daylight today in the Mt. Vemon- Fairfield-McLeansboro area enjoyed a rare treat of "beautiful fireworks" in the sky. The "fireworks" were actually the Leonid meteor shower, observed across the United States and in Japan. Dick Harriss, a Register-News printer who lives at Fairfield, reported the shower as "spectacular, brilliant and beautiful." Harris enjoyed the aerial display all the way from the west edge of Fairfield to Mt. Vernon while he was driving to worit. "I counted 87 meteoi-s between Wayne City and Mt. Vernon," he said. "One had a particularly long tail and many of the others also made streaks in the sky." Another Register-News printer, Jesse Hall of Carmi, also saw part of the meteor shower on his way to work. "They made beautiful green streaks in the sky as I watched in the Carmi and Enfield areas," Hall said. Harriss said he saw the first 8howemi »tht licy at SiS SA* as he reached the Fairfield "Y" on the way to Mt. Vernon. "It was the biggest and most brilliant of all," he said. "It was cloudy aroimd Wayne City but cleared towards Mt. Vernon and I enjoyed the meteor display all the way to work." The meters are called Leonid because they radiate from Constellation Leo. Astronomers say they believe the meteorites have been perturbed by unusual activity on the planets Jupiter and Saturn. The position of Leo's parents comet, Tempel-Tuttle, is roughly what it was in 1833 when about 10,000 meteors per hoiu" were visible over the eastern area of the country. The greatest sky Show above the earth was on November 12, 1833, when the sky seemed to be raining stars—some of them brighter than the planets Jupiter or Venus. The last Leonid shower, until today, occurred in 1866, but failed to come close in effect to the cncinlSL AP Uncovers Corruption Sen. Young To Check Into Viet^Graft By KOBERT A. HUNT WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Milton R. Young, member of a key Senate watchdog committee, is heading for Viet Nam to look into graft and corruption in the handling of U.S. aid and to check on progress of the war. Referring to a series of articles by Associated Press writwk who uncovered numerous cases of graft, theft and bribery, the North Dakota Republican said: "This not only is a loss in eco; nomic assistance but a loss of confidence on the part of the local people and the government of the United States when the money goes to grafters rather than the poor it is intended to help." In an interview. Young said lie is deeply concerned about the publicity on graft and corruption, saying the reports indi cate between 20 and 25 per cent of the economic assistance "falls into the hands of crooks." He will be ranking Republican member of the Senate Appropriations Committee in the 90th Congress and also is on the select, seven-member Senate committee which keeps tabs on classified funds for the Central Intelligence Agency. The senator plans to arrive in Saigon next Tuesday, spending about a week in Viet Nam before inspecting installations in Bangkok, Manila and Guam and returning to the United States, supply of other coins. Max Firebaugh Is New Manager AtMt V. Airport Max C. Firebaugh, 805 south 27th sti'eet, has accepted an appointment as manager of the Mt. Vei'non Airport. Firebaugh has been geologist for the Collins Bros. Oil Company here for the past several years. He will assume his duties December 1. Firebaugh will succeed Jack Outland, who resigned recently as acting manager at the airport. Half Dollar May Be Next BOSTON (AP) - The vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston thinks the half dollar is going the way of the silver dollar. "The public apparently has accepted a half-dollar-less economy," Gordon Watts said Wednesday. While "merely guessing," Watts said he "wouldn't be surprised if the Treasury just discontinued production of halves." He said people began collecting half-dollars when the U.S. mint began producing 50-cent pieces bearing the likeness of John F. Kennedy, but says what began as a fad has become standard practice. Watts told a reporter he believes the Treasury Department is coming to the conclusion that minting more halves, or at least minting in present quantities, "may be just a waste that's de- pletJog OUK ailvec stocfci" EISENHOWER VISITS LBJ IN HOSPITAL Phone Strike At Mattoon MATTOON, 111. (AP)-Some 300 employes of the Illinois Consolidated Telephone Co. were on strike today seeking higher wages. Improved vacation and hospital programs and other benefits. The employes, members of Local 399 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union, had been working and negotiating with management since their contract expired at midnight Monday. They walked out shortly after noon Wednesday when talks broke down. The company, Mattoon based, serves about 200 communities from Litchfield on the west to Charleston on the east. After a union meeting Wednesday night, aljout 200 members, mai'ching four abreast, paraded through downtown Mattoon to the company's office where they set up picket lines. Don Mahoney, IBEW official, said the picket lines will be manned 24 hours a day. He said no negotiation sessions have been scheduled. Company spokesmen have declined to comment on the strike, bi^t have said a statement is being prepared for release. Of the 300 employes out, 185 are telephone operators. Supervisory personnel are manning the switchboards and direct dialing service is available. Long distance and operator information has been affected to some extent. Back To Work ^ AtWaltonville WALTONVILLE — Minei-s re- tm-ned to work this morning at the Orient No. 3 mine at Walton- vUle. The miners wedked out Tuesday in a seniority dispute. By WALTER R. MEARS WASHINGTON (AP) — President Johnson was up before dawn in his hospital room today, talked at length- with former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and summoned four top federal officials for a full-scale conference on budget and fiscal problems. Although he was paying quite limited heed to the doctors who recommended after his- successful double operation Wednesdny that he take it easy for-a while, Johnson spent 45 minutes chatting with Eisenhower. The President's doctors have urged him to favor his throat for several weeks, but he seemed to be prepared to talk freely -r -if In a softer-than-normal tone. After escorting Eisenhower to the elevator, • Johnson called in a few newsnien and spent another 20 minutes in a wide-ranging discourse with them. Then Johnson had another visitor: House Democratic Leader Carl Albert of Oklahoma, who had stopped at the Bethesda Naval Hospital for a medical checkup. After that, the White House announced, Johnson arranged for a noon-hour meeting with Secretary of the Treasury Henry H. Fowler, Budget Director Charles L. Schultze, Chairman William McChesney Martin of the Federal Reserve Board and Arthur Okun, a member of Johnson's Council of Economic Advisers. Eisenhower, after leaving Johnson's room, expressed astonishment that he was using his voice after removal of a throat polyp so recently. Johnson's family doctor, Dr. James C. Cain, said Wednesday he was somewhat perturbed about the speed with which the President was returning to matters of state. And the surgeons who removed a growth from Johnson's right vocal chord, Wednesday before repairing an fCondnued on page 2, column 2) WON IN 7 OF 10 COUNTIES OF DISTRICT Senator Broyles Topped GOP Ticket In County Senator Paul W. Broyles topped the Republican ticket in Jefferson coimty last week on his way to reelection to the State Senate from the 55th district. The veteran Senator from Mt. Vernon received a whopping 7,323 votes from his home county, it was revealed by this week's official canvass. That was 1,433 more votes than the 5,890 received by his Democratic opponent, Philip B, Benefiel of Lawrenceville. Senator Broyles ran well all over the district, winning a majority in seven of the ten counties. Broyles piled up big majorities in Jeffei-son and Wayne counties and won counties by lesser margins—Clark, Clay, Edwards, Hamilton and Wayne. Benefiel won a majority in his home county, Lawi-ence, and two others, Crawford and Rich- IfUid. Topped Percy Senator Broyles was given such solid backing in his home county that he ran well ahead of the popular Charles Percy, who was elected U.S. Senator from Illinois. Percy received 7,205 votes in Jefferson county —118 less than Broyles. Broyles, who will soon begin his 25th consecutive year in the Illinois legislature, has been chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus smce 1961. Twenty-two of his 24 years of service to his district and state have been in the Senate. In 1942 Broyles was elected to the state House of Representatives. Two years later he was elected to the Senate and has been reelected in 1948,1952, 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1966. He has served on the World War II Bonus Commission, as chaliTOBn of the Korean War Veterans Bonus Commission, and as chairman of the powei> id Senala Affcira GomnittM. Alarms At Two Vacant Houses In South Mt. Vernon Also Under Investigation; One "Definitely" Set. A series of fires broke out in south Mt. Vernon during early morning hours today, including a spectacular blaze at the idle Creosote Forest Products plant that was accompanied by a series of explosions. Fire Chief Sydney (Nip) Burnette termed one of the fires as "definitely the work of an aro- nist." He said an Investigation is being lauiKhed locally and that the state fire marshal may be called into the probe. Burnette said that "one fire had to have been set and the others are sus' picious." With one short interlude firemen fought the fires from 1 a.m. until after 8 a.m. Burnette said damages at die creosote plant, tiiat had been sold last April after a foreclosure action, amounted to about 511 ,000, Equipmrait valued at $60,000 that was in the heart of the blaze at the "tie plant" was saved as firemen kept it doused with water. Fires, in addition to the one at ttie creosote plant, were at two vacant houses. Firemen were summot^ twice to one al ths tt^me abuses where household furnishings were stored. All regular members of Hie fire department were called In to fight the flames and were joined by a number of auxiliaiy firemen. At one time fkemen were battling firest at three different lo< cations, all yAtidn several blocks of each-other. An initial explosion at the ete» osote pant was heard for several miles and several others e« rupted as firemen were at the scene. Black smoke caused by the creosote bUlowed high into the sky and made fighting the blaze difficult. There were no firemen hurt o» overcome by smoke inhalation. Here is how the akms were received: At 1 a fire broke out in a 4-room frame house at 908 Forest. The house is owned by "Speedy" Mayes and fumi« ture stored there belongs to Jesse Montgomery. The fke was generally confined to two rooms on the west side of the unoccupied house. At 2:41 a.m. another alarm was turned in to an Indefinite location somewhere near the Van Gay plant." Friemen, under direction of Capt. Donald Hahn saw the blaze as they neared tiie area and determined it to be the creosote plant. As they approached the flames they received another dispatch to 9th and Fisher's Lane. Hahn headed one group that went to 9th and Fisher, while furemen Robert Tucker and Raymond Curless went to the creosote plant. Tucker immediately called in other firemen after aiTiving at the plant. At 3 a.m, a fire broke out again in the house at 908 Forest, this time near a door at the east side of the house. The house at 9th and Fisher's Lane was termed a total loss but part of the charred frame work was left standing after the fire had been put out. That was the fire that Bur. nette said "was definitely" the work of an arsonist. Damage to the building and contents of the house at 908 Forest, firemen said, amounts to several hundred dollars. At the creosote plant one large building was destroyed but the owners claimed no loss on the structure. It was framework covw ered with corrugated metal. The plant was purchased last AprU by the W,H. Dyer Co, of St, Louis, a firm dealing in rails and track accessories. Equipment had been purchased by the Moss American Co. of St. Louis, that estimated its loes at $500, and the Kbppeis Wood Preserving Co. of Carbon. ICoDtimied OD Fjw Dm, fiifl, a|

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