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TEMPERATURE Saturday high 48, low 29. Sunday high 56, low 37. 7:00 a.m. today 38. Downtown noon today 58. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS VOLUME XLVII—NO. 46 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1966 r WEATHERS Southern Ulinofs — Cloudy ani warm tonight with showers end- tag. Low tonight in 50s, Mostly sunny and warmer Tuesday wltii Ugh In TO*. 308 Per Week FREEZE' GEORGIA ELECTION FIGHT County Clerk Gets Viish'-Salarv Cut GIRL DEAD IN FIRE AT MT.V. HOME IN GOOD VOICE—President Johnson talks outside Bethesda Naval Hospital Salwnlay wher» he underwent throat and abdominal surgery. With him are Mrs. Johnson, left, and daughters, Lynda, center, and Lucl. The President flew to his Texas ranch for rest and recuperation. (AP Wirephoto) Tomorrow Night Call Public Meeting On Park District A proposal to create a tax- Bupported parlc and recreational district in the M. Vernon area will be thoroughly explained at a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at tho IMt Vernon city hall. The public is urged to attend the meeting. "All citizens of the area are Invited," said Eddie Allen, community facilities chairman of the Mt Vernon Plan Commission. Guest speaker will be Joseph 3. Bannon, chief of field service. Department of Recreation and Municipal Park Administration, University of Illinois. After his talk, and community discussion, a - decision will be made whether to pursue the proposal to create a park district. Caiairman Allen said that It is hoped that a good, hard working Steering committee can be appointed and organized tomorrow nJght This committee would have the responsibility of carrying out a plan to create a district. Tlie Plan Commission would be available for assistance on the community project Allen has sent letters to a number of civic and community organizations, asking that representatives -attend the meeting, which will be held in the big council room on the second floor of city hall. Ken Gray On TV Show Tonight Congressman Kenneth J. Gray Of West Frankfort is scheduled to be a guest on national television tonight. Congi-essman Gray will appear en "I've Got A Secret," which starts at 9:30 p.m. on Channel 12. A CORPORAL INVESX- AflSNT—Jon Brock holds a financial publication as he poses for photographers in New York. The 24-year-oId Greenwich Village resident Is selling shares In the next year «f his life for $6, each of which returns to investors .001 per cent of Brock's income. He says he decided on ihe sale when he found himself not eating sometimes and in need of "money leverage." (AP Wirephatom President Elected Elder Of Church LBJ DISOBEYS HIS DOCTOR, DRIVES CAR Baker Asks For Discovery Vote Recount SALEM, m. (AP)-Rep. Bert Baker of Benton, defeated in a re-election bid Nov. 8, has filed lor discovery recounts in various precincts of the 58th House ] District. Baker, a Democrat, asked county clerics In Marion, Frank, lin, Wayne and Saline counties to canvass votes from the pre- chicts. Baker ran last in a four-way race for the district's three seats. Apparent winners were Rep. Harold Stedelin, D-Cen- h'alia, and Republicans Ben. C. Blades, of Fairfield and James Eatherly of Galatia. Cafe Owner Kills 3 Men CHICAGO (AP) - A restaurant owner whs pulled a pistol during an altercation with a customer Sunday has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of three men. The victims were Michael Northern, 33, his brother, Robert, 31, and Robert Schweig, 26. Police said Nick Castnnes, 26, owner of the Park View Grill, fired three times with a .45 caliber pistol after an argument over a damaged stool. Lt. Peter Nutley said Robert Northern allegedly damaged tho stool and during the argument, he and his brother started to go behind the counter. Nutley said Schweig was apparently a bystander not involved in the dispute. Each of the victims was stnick once by a bullet, Nutley said. AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) — President Johnson doesn't always mind his doctor. But the doctor seemed to know he wouldn't The President, who underwent two operations Wednesday, tooled about the hill country of central Texas Sunday at the wheel of a white Continental, making an accurate — but reluctant — prophet out of his family physician, Dr. James C. Cain. Jolinson "is a hard man to slow down," Cain had observed Wednesday, though adding that the and other presidential doctors hoped they could persuade- the chief executive to take things easy. One of their rules: Johnson "shouldn't drive a car for maybe three weeks." The President started off minding doctors' orders, but it didn't last long Sunday. Mrs. Johnson drove the President to 11 o'clock services at the Johnson City CSiristian church where the lay minister, Ray Akin, an Austin school principal, announced Johnson had been elected elder. It was the President's first real public outing since surgery for the removal of a polyp from his thi'oat and the repair of an incisional hernia which resulted from his gall bladder-kidney stone operation in October 1965. After the church services'the Johnsons temporarily went separate ways. Mrs. Johnson spent some time inspecting a Johnson City park, one of her beautification projects. While this was going on, the President wheeled down an alley and went to the apartment the Johnsons have over the Johnson City bank. He stayed only briefly, then drove back to pick up Mrs. Johnson, IC To Make Improvements An eiglit-year-old girl died here early today in a fire that apparently started as the family was sleeping. Dead in the early-morning blaze is Sandra Smelly, daughter of Mrs. Robert Liebforth, wife of the WMIX radio personality known as Bob Long. The girl perished in the fire despite efforts by lier step father who attempted to use a neighbor's ladder to save her, only to have it break. Fire Chief Sydney (Nip) Burnette said a brother and a sister, both older, leaped from a window of their home to safety but the younger girl could not be persuaded to jump. The Liebgorths home is at 2523 College. Firemen were called to the scene at 12:41 a.m. and found the living room of the house on fire. Burnette said intense heat and smoke from the fire swirled into the upstairs portion of the house where the three children were asleep. Another child, only two years old, was asleep in a downstaks bedroom when the fire was first detected. Lt. Tom Ray said he found the dead girl on the floor, at)out three feet from a window. He carried her from the house down the ladder, where artificial respiration was immediately given before the girl was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Sandra Smelly was the daughter of Mrs. Liebforth by a previous marriage. Firemen said when they arrived Liebforth was in the yard at the house witli two of the children. He had been Injured, apparently when the ladder broke. Firemen said Liebforth had told of persuading the other two children to jump from the window but that the younger child turned away. It was then that he went for the ladder. Coroner John Richardson said he was unable to secure some of the facts since Liebforth was in shock. Burnette said after the fire Long went to the home of another employe of the radio station and other members of the family to the home of a neigh- hor. Firemen were again summoned to the house at 3:56 a.m. and that time found a fire of considerable scope in the upstairs. In that fire, Burnette said, most of the upstairs was gutted and a portion of the stairway burned. At no time did the flames reach the upstaks in the original fire, Burnette said. Burglar Swims Into The House R\LM SPRINGS. Calif. (AP) —Some burglars break in through windows. Others jimmy door locks. But the one who took about $175 worth of phonograph components recently from the home of designer Raymond Loewy swam in, police said. They said the burglar had swum the length of Loewy's swimming pool, which is paitly outdoors and partly in the living room. He broke through a plastic divider panel which separates the two parts of the pool, they said. National Guard Fires A Missile COLUMBIA, Ind. (AP) - The first Indiana launching of a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead drew about 1,500 civilian and military personnel to nearby Camp Atterbury Sunday. Officials termed as successful the firing of the unarmed Honest John surface-to-surface missile in a test conducted by tiie Indiana National Guard. CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois Centi-al Railroad plans to spend 586.9 million dollars next year for locomotives, fright cars and property improvements, the largest such outlay in the railroad's 115-year history. President William J. Johnson said today the planned budget excedes this year's figure by about $46 million. The Jefferson county board of supervisors officially lowered the salary of the new county clerk today—at his request—but argued for several hours on another matter and never did vote on it. In following the request of County Oerk-Elect Dewey Barton the iward set the salary for the clerk and recorder at $8,200, the same as that for other county elected officers. When it adopted its budget previously the t)oard had given the office the higher salary of 59 ,700. Barton, a Republican, tiad campaigned against Democratic incumbent Lester Davis on the basis that he would seek the reduction if elected. The action approving the reduction came after a letter Barton had written seeking the salary cut was read to the board. He also requested that the minutes be read for the budget session in which the higher figure had been approved. They were. Barton and other elected county officials will take office December 5. The board wrangled until after noon on a proposal to bond county officials under a blanket rate system that, it was claimed, would save $4,456. County Treasurer-Elect Leslie Elliott said he would object unless the matter was submitted to competitive bids. Sheriff-Elect Robert (Bob) Ruddick said he had already committed himself to a bond and would not agree to the blanket rate system unless the company that got the bid would agree to pay the fee due Ruddick's agent. ENLARGE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT—The steel drywell, shaped like an inverted Ught bulb, was topped out by workmen at Commonwealth Edison Company's Dresden nuclear power station near Morris, Ul., last week. The drywell will enclose a second reactor. Known as Dresden 2, the unit will produce 800,000 kilowatta. Another unit, Dresden S, also Is under oonstmc- tlon at the site. (AP Wirephoto) YANKS KILL 102 REDS IN VIET BAHLE Assassination 3 Years Ago Tuesdoy CONTROVERSY OVER JFK DEATH CONTINUES SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — U.S. air cavahymen clashed with North Vietnamese Genoa-Belvidere Blacktop and The question was .also b^jUghLLjoday.jn-the.- central highlands PLANE CRASHES ON LEVEE sr. LOUIS (AP)-The pilot of a Cessna 150 single-engine plane was critically injured and his passenger killed Sunday night when their craft crashed into a Missouri River levee between St. Louis and St. Charles counties. The pilot was identified as Edward Seller, 32, of St. Louis. The name of the fatality was not released. Wednesday At 7:30 P.M. Community Thanksgiving Service At 2nd Baptist The annual Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at the Second Baptist Church, 605 South 34th St., on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The Thanksgiving message will be delivered by the Rev. Glenn F. Boice, mmister of the Fu^t Baptist Church. His subject is: "Remember the Lord, thy God." Presiding over the service will be the host minister, the Rev. W. Carl Whittington, Dr. Don R. Crocker, minister of the First Methodist Church. wiU lead the call to worship and pronounce the invocation. The scripture lesson, Deuteronomy, chapter eight, will be read by the Rev. Jaaies Z. Longmira, ain^ ster of the Pavey CHiapel C.M.E. The Rev. M. A. Berkeland, pastor of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, will offer the prayer of Thanksgiving; and the Rev. Mervin E. Chadboui-ne, minister of the Epworth Methodist church, will pronounce the benediction. The chou: of the Second Baptist church, Clarence Benard, director, will sing. The organist is Mrs. Marie Campbell and the pianist, Mrs. Clarence Benard. An offering for the work of the local ministerial association will be received. The public Is cordially hivited to attend thi& community observance up as to whether or ncft' the board could assume the right to name the bonding firm, or firms, rather than the office holders. The proposal on the blanket rate was made to the board by the Ohio Casualty Insurance Co. through the Guy A. Wood Insurance Agency. There were some political overtones injected into tiie discussion as board member Ted Marlin, a Republican, said "some of the members of my party may want a chance at these bonds." This raised he ire of board Chairman C. W. Waite, a Democrat, who asked "what does party have to do with this?" "If you'll go back and trace these bonds I think you'll see most of the business went to Democrats," replied Marlin. Waite answered that by declaring "I have an idea one of the biggest bonds ever furnished was by a Republican." "I hope so" said Marlin, "they need the money." In the outcome the board adjourned without taking any action, app2u :ently leaving the matter of bonding to each office holder unless, a special meeting is called in the meantime. The next regular board meeting is December 5, the same day of the swearing in ceremonies and the fmal day for bonds to be filed. The board did raise the amount of the bond required for the clerk from 15 ,000 to 520,000 and set those for regular deputy sheriffs at $3,000 each. The sheriff is bonded for 510,000 and special deputies for 51,000 each. The clerk's bond had been 55,000 but Barton said he felt that is too low. Ruddick recommended the 53,000 for each regular deputy. The county ti-easurer is bonded for 5252,000, since he is responsible for handling all the county's money. Three Children Perish In Fire and reported killing 102 of the enemy. The U.S. military command said the battle broke out when- a platoon of the 1st Cavalry, Airmobile, Division was attacked at hand grenade range by a "sizeable" North Vietnamese force. The platoon suffered heavy casualties before reinforcements arrived, a military spokesman said. Air strikes were called in to hammer at the attacking Communists. The action, part of Operation Paul Revere 4, raged 22 miles southwest of the U.S. Army Special Forces camp at Plei Djer- eng, scene of North Vietnamese probes and skirmishes for more than a week. Ground action was reported light elsewhere, but Korean marines operating near the South China Sea coast reported Icilling 91 Viet Cong Sunday in a two-and-a-half-hour battle seven miles northwest of Quang Ngai City. A Korean spokesman said the marines clashed with a reinforced Viet Cong company of 200 men, the largest enemy unit tliey have met since moving into the area last August. In the air, Guam-based B52 bombers staged three raids today on enemy positions in South Viet Nam, two of them in Communist War Zone C in Tay Ninh Province. A few hours after the giant Stratoforts struck, 1,200 men of 2 From Mt. V. 3 Badly Hurt In Funeral Procession Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brown of 421 south 23rd street and her mother, Mrs. Mattie Perkins of Paducah, Ky., are in a hospital in Murray, Ky., following injuries received in an automobile accident Saturday in Murray. Mrs. Lillian Gatewood of 313 north 12th, street, Mr. Brown's sister, received a telephone call from him this morning reporting that he received head and chest injuries, Mrs. Brown received head and neck injuries for which she underwent surgery this morning, and her mother, Mrs. Mattie Perkins, is in critical condition from the injuries she received. Mr. Brown said the accident occured when an automobile collided with their car during the funeral procession for Mrs. Brown's brother, Harold Perkins, of Paducah, Ky. The Browns moved from Vienna, 111., to Mt. Vernon about two months ago. He is supemsor of United Real Estate. (Continued on Page Two, Col. 5) Jolly Is Named Deputy Treosuer County Treasurer-Elect Leslie Elliott, has appointed Carl Jolly of Dix to serve as deputy treasurer. Jolly is a former assistant county superintendent of schools. ROaCBXDRD, 111. (AP)—Three children died today in a fire which destroyed their trailer home in Rockford. Tlie mother, Mi's. Katherine Jones, 23, was severly burned. She was admitted to a Rockford hospital. Police listed the dead youngsters as Dennis 3, Terry 2 and Calvin 1. DELJiWARE LOSES AGAIN WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court rejected again today a Delaware request for permission to file suit challenging constitutionality of state unit vote system of choosing presidential electors. KERNER RECEIVES TURKEY—A SOpouiid Thanksgiving utrkey was delivered to Gov. Otto Kemer by members of the UlinolB State Turkey Growers Asan. Left to right, Gerald Wagoner, Havana; Kerner; Hugh Johnsons, Urbana; Cindy Green, Green Valley; daughter of association president Richard Green; State Agrlciilttu-al Director Robert Schneider and Green. ,iAe .Wirephoto), ( NEW YORK (AP) — Tuesday is the third anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Tex., and the controversy surrounding his death continues. Was the killer l,ee Harvey Osvvald? Did hp act alone? was there a oonspiriacy- involving one or more accomplices? The special investigative commission headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren- answered the fhrst two questions with a firm yes, the third with a firm no. These conclusions followed months of hearing hundreds of witnesses and examhiing a mountainous. array of evidence. But still pouring forth are- books and magazine articles challenghig both tlie commission's report and the adequacy of its investigation. Life magazine, in this week's issue out today, said, "A new investigating body . . . should re-examine the evidence and consider other evidence the Warren Commission failed to evaluate." The magazine said Texas Gov. John B, Connally, who was riding with Kennedy and was wounded, himself, was still certain that he and Kennedy were hit by two different bullets, not one as the Warren Commission determined. So persistent are the attacks that in a Nov. 4 news conference President Johnson apparently left open a possibility that the circumstances of the assassination might be further explored — if important new evidence should be forthcoming. Johnson said: "I know of no evidence that would in any way cause any reasonable person to have a doubt about the Warren Commission. But if there is any evidence that's brought forth, I'm sure that the commission and the appropriate authorities will take action that may be justified." The Warren Commission report made this summation: "The shots which killed Pi-esi- dent Kennedy and wounded Gov. (John B. Connally of Texas) were fired by Lee Harvey Oswald. On the basis of the evidence before the commission, it concludes tliat Oswald acted alone." Other Shots Fired? The commission found that the rifle fire had come entirely from a window of the Texas School Book Depository Building. Critics of the commission insist there is reason to Ijelieve some shots were fired from elsewhere. Attorney Mark Lane asserts in his book "Rush to Judgment" that at least seven witnesses said they had seen "a puff, or puffs, of white smoke" from behmd a wooden fence which the presidential car was about to pass. On that point the Warren report had this to say: "In contrast to the testimony of witnesses who heard and observed shots fired from the depository, the commission's investigation has disclosed no credible evidence that shots were fired jfiram amjrwbera else." HIGH COURT TO TAKE UP CASEDECS U.S. Suprem* Court Stays Ruling Of Fed* erol Judges That Legislature Can't Pick Governor. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court stayed today a three-judge federal court ruling that the Georgia Legislature cannot elect that state's next governor. The effect is to freeze the tangled Geoi-gia election situation until at least Dec. 5, the date set by the high court for hearing argimient. The three-judge court In Af- lanta on Nov, 17 ruled unconstitutional a Georgia Constitution provision that the legislature choose between two top candi* dates when no candidate tot governor gets a majority of the popular vote. The three-judge court ruling barred a choice by.the legislature between Democrat Lestei! G. Maddox and Republican Howard (Bo) Callaway. Neither Maddox nor C^allaway received the requhred clear majority for election as govemoB in the Nov. 8 election. The Supreme Court said an appeal from the three-judge court ruling had been filed Ben W. Fortson, Georgia secret tary of state. Fortson also asked the lower court judgment be stayed pending final action by^ the highest tribunal on the aeo- retar}(:r-appeak . The Supreme Court said for* ther that all of tiie parties in> volved had requested speeded" up action. Because of; this the, high tribunal agreed to the Deo. 5 hearing of arguments. Georgia's attorney general, f» asking for delay In further loww_ er court action, gained a tem« porary ally—the • American Ciwi a Libertiea Union. The ACLU sought unsuccessfully last weelC to void ttie stato CMistitiitioil' provision. Republican Howard Callawaj, drew 451,032 general election votes for governor to 418,459 fof Democrat Lester Maddox. But former Gov. Ellis Amall got 57,832 write-in votes — keeping either nominee from tite St^pIuS per cent lequhred to win. Says Romney Is Front Runner WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Gerald R. Ford, R-Mich<, says Gov. George Romney of Michigan Is the front runner for the 1906 Republican presidential nominatk>n. But Ford made it plain !n an Interview that because of his role as House Republican leader he is not identifying hlmseU as backing Romney for 0ie presidential nomination two years from now. "I do not think that, as minority leader who Is trying lo get the maximum help from all Republicans (for party programs) I should get identified as favoring any one candidate at this stage of the game," Ford said. Ford mentioned that he did put Romney's name in nomination at the 1964 Republican convention as a favorite son and then returned to Michigan and campaigned for the party's nominee. Sen. Bany Gkjldwater— whom Romney did not endorse. Romney was re-elected by a election and Ford said the gov*, big majority in the Nov. 8 election and Ford said the governor deserves a "tremendous amount of credit" in the elec tion of Sen. Robert P. Griffm, R-Mich., and tlie success of Republicans in ousting five freshmen House Democrats from the state. Negro Girl Is Queen Of Ball RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — "It's such an honor," drama student Beatrice Marie Wynn gasped when told she would reign Tuesday night as queen at Richmond Professional Institute's Harvest BaU. The 20-year-oId coed Is one of 120 Negroes in RPI'g i,m member atudent body*

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