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TEMPERATURE Tuesday high 60, low 48. 7:00 a.m. today 51. Downtown noon today 63. MI VERNON REGISTER-NEWS WEATHER Southern Ulinolt — Variable rloudiness and continued mild through Thursday with chance of scattered showers Thursday. Low tonight in lower 50s, high Thursday 64-70. VOLUME XLVII—NO. 48 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1966 30c Per Week CLOUDS LIFT, BOMBING RESUMED m ».m ma av^-v f-f-^ M^i T U Reach Coal At Inland Mine RAID NORTH DistrSmte $3,737,551.43In Taxes Here Thanksgiving, 345 Years Young Although the custom of har- , vest time thanksgivings were ages old before the Pilgrims set foot in Plymouth, it was the feast that they celebrated in 1621 that is regarded as the ancestor of today's gi'eat national holiday. The exact date of that first Thanksgiving is unknown, and even the presence of a turkey on the banquet table is undocumented. Hei'e is all the colonial chronifier has to say about it: "Our hai'vost being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as many fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arm«, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we enterttained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they How the first Thanksgiving might have appeared. brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and the others. And although it be not always plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by tlie goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty." Safety Hazards 500,000 NEW CARS RECALLED Living Cost Rises Again; Food Down FORMER POWELL AIDE SHOT DOWN IN STREET BULLETIN By aiAKLES O. CAIN AP Baslnew New« Writer DETROIT (AP) — The auto industry, already beset with a sales lag and production cutbacks, has another worry today — the possible effect* of a safety-recall campaign involving more than a half million cars and trucks. The industry confirmed Tuesday reports from Washington that a wide variety of potential auto safety hazards had been discovered in recent months. It was small consolation to U .S. manufacturers that some foreign competitors, ranging from the swanky Rolls-Royce of England to Japan's Honda motorcycle, were in the same boat. The majority of the 527,962 U .S.-built cars and trucks involved in the recall were ohecked out in recent weeks, but additional thousands of owners were sent notification by registered mail that a potential trouble item had been uncovered in their cars. Industry sales in October and early November ran about five per cent below a year ago. The sales lag has caused all four major automobile firms to slice production. Owners of recalled cars were told that costs of labor and replacement of parts would be met by the manufacturers. The recall is the first conducted with the federal government as watchdog in accord- (ConOnued on page 2, column 2) WASHINGTON (AP) - Liv-| ing costs rose four-tenths of one ! „ .K„.S,„J,R^, per cent last month as virtually HARRISBURG, all consumer goods and sei-vices la. m — A youtliful gunman held up tlie . , . J . ,„„ I Darnell Grocery Store hi Harris- today and made off^th $250. Jolin Darnell, operator ot the Labor Department reported today. Retail food prices went down two-tenths of one per cent, but costs continued up for housing, clothing, medical care, automobiles and many other items measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The October increase, the ninth straight monthly rise, brought the index up to 114.5, meaning it cost $11.45 last month to purchase items woith $10 in the 1957-59 base period. The bureau also reported that after-tax earnings of some 15 million factory workers rose 11 cents a week to $92.72 for single workers and to $100.65 for workers with three dependents — but they lost 20 cents a week in purchasing power because of the continuing price hikes. Commissioner Arthur M. Ross, asked whether the long upward spiril of prices could be described as inflationary, said, "Obviously it's more tiian we like to see." Prices measured by the government in the consumer price index were 3.7 per cent higher over-all than a year ago, continuing the steepest climb in nine! years. Ross said if prices follow last year's November and December pattern, livuig costs over 1966 will average out to 3.7 per cent higher than those in 1965. Reporting on a special study; to see if higher auto prices reflected increased value of the store, said the youth was about 18 years old, about 6 feet I tall, and had "extremely bushy I»ir." Presidential Investment SuitClaims Fraudulent Stock Sale A suit seeking more than $8,000 in an alleged fraudulent sale ot Presidential Investment Co. stock has been filed in Circuit Citourt here. ' An investigation several i months ago into the affairs of Presidential Investment Co., and its officers, led to widespread claims of fradulent operation, particularly in Missouri where the firm was registered. The probe was into alleged payoffs of Missouri officials in an effort to obtain preferential treatment for the investment firm. A story circulated by a St. Louis newspaper claimed Sydney Porter, then vice president of the firm, held a meeting in Mt. Vernon in an attempt to sell stock even though the firm was not registered as a corporation in Illinois. In the suit filed here E. J. Dougherty names both Porter, new 1 a one-time minister and resident 1967 models, Ross said most of the price increase was due to new safety equipment and extended warranties on new cars. He said average retail prices of 1967 models were $55 higher than last year's new models, but all but about $6 was due to improved quality. (NEA Telephoto) FORMER VICE President John Nance Garner celebrated his 98th birthday In Uvalde, Tex., Nov. 22 and •aid he has high hopes of being around for several more birthdays. Gamer who served for two terms under President Franldin D. Roose- •tated once again that the nation doesn't really need a veep but that it's good to have BomelMMly around In case (he President diee. I In Mt. v.. County Thanksgiving Is Holiday; Schools Close Friday, Too Tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, will be observed as a full holiday in Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county. Schools, stores, the post office, the financial institutions, the court house, the public library, the city hall and governmental offices will be closed all day. All Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county schools will also be closed on Friday. NO PAPER THURSDAY The Register-News will not publish on Thanksgiving day. of Mt. Vernon, and Presidential Investment Co. as co-defendants. He claims that in May, 1965, he purchased 500 shares of Presidential capital stock from Porter at $10 per share. The suit alleges that the stock was not registered in Illinois and that Porter was not registered in the state as required by law. Dougherty said he had no knowledge of the stock being sold contrary to state law until Nov. 8, 1966, at which time he notified the defendants of the situation and asked for cancellation of the transaction. The suit says Porter and Pres- idental Investment have failed to comply with the request to refund his money. Dougherty asks for $5,000 to cover the face value of the transaction, an additional $3,000 for attorney fees, mterest on the $5,- OOO dating from the date of sale, and the court costs involved in the litigation. CHICAGO (AP) — A former investigator in the office ot Secretary of State Paul Powell was found shot to death early today in the sti-eet near his home. The victrni, Charles Crispino, 51, testified in October before a Cook County grand jury investigating charges ol corruption-in Powell's office. He was found lying on the street a short distance from his home at 1738 N. Natoma Ave. He had been shot several times. Crispino at one time worked with Frank (Porky) Porcaro, Powell's former chief investigator, who is serving a l-to-5-year prison term for bigamy and theft of state funds. The grand jury before which Crispino testified was investigating tape recordings allegedly j made of a conversation between I Porcaro and Undersheriff Edmund J. Kucharski in which, Kucharski said, Porcaro described bribes accepted by persons in Powell's office. Police said O'lspino was shot three times in the head and twice in the back as he walked toward his home after parking ihis car several doors away. They said neighbors heard the shots and ran out to find Crispino lying on his back bleeding. He was taken to St. Ann Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Capt. Matthew Mclnerney said none of the neighbors saw Crispino's assailant, nor did they hear an auto drive to or from tlie scene. He said $21 was found in Crispino's pockets. Crispino, who owned a laundry and dry cleaning establishment, was fired as a special investigator for Powell's office in March after Porcaro was discharged. The task force to which Crispino and Porcaro were assigned, which was organized to crack down on driver license abuses, was disbanded in the wake of a raid on an Urbana bar frequented by University of Illinois students. Undersheriff Kucharski said the tape recordings in which Poi-caro allegedly told of payoffs made by the crime syndi- j3ate to persons in Powell 's office were made after Crispino contacted him and arranged a meeting between Kucharski and Porcaro. Porcaro denied making statements attributed to him in the recordings. $2,331,077 IS RECEIVED BY SCHOOLS City Of Mt. V. Gets $257,673, Rend Lake $43,629, And Mt. V. Airport $109,459. Jefferson county people paid almost three-and-three quarters million dollars in taxs this year — and 62.5 per cent of it went to support and operate the schools. Figures compiled in the office of County Treasurer Bob Ruddick reveal that a total of $3,737,551.43 in tax monies has been disti-ibuted to the various taxing bodies. That is $132, 179.85 more than the $3,605,371.58 in this county last year. Distributed to the schools this year was $2,331,077.22. Of this amount $1,231,682.46 went to the grade schools and $1,099,394.76 to the high schools. All other taxing bodies — including the county, city, villages, townships, Rend Lake, Mt. Vernon Airport, fire districts and others — received a total of $1,406,474. 21. Largest receivers of taxes in the county were Mt. Vernon high school and community college, which got $915,849.88, and Mt. Vernon grade school district 80, which received $503,283.94. l.$48,ea» For Rend.Jm(e. RAID NORTH VIET NAM IN 59 MISSIONS U.S. Loses One Jet, Two Fliers Missing. Ground Fighting Subsides, Yonks Await Turkey Feast. INLAND COAL—The first coal taken from the new Inland Mine just north of Sesser is piled in the background as another load is dumped by the temporary hoisting equipment. The coal, that will be used to manufacture steel, was reached last week when the production nhaft was sunk to 739 feet below the surface. The coal that is behig taken out now will make room for electronically-operated equipment that will be installed for use once the mine goes into regular operation. Once this occurs the hoisting equipment pictured here will be replaced by permanent installations that wilt raise a 21-ton skip from the bottqm and dump it In 68 seconds. Tlie mine will then be capable of hoisting 1,100 tons of coal an hour. WHAT'S IN A NAME ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Highway patrolman R.A. Speedy, who a few months ago stopped a Mr. Fast for driving too slow, this week tagged Virgil S. Quick of Newark, Ohio, for speeding. 2 Men Escape FromVandalia VANDALIA, 111. (AP) — Two men escaped from the Vandalia State Penal Farm Tuesday night after crawling out a window of the farm's bakery. Warden Clayton King identified the men as Clarence E. Webster, 29, of Elco, and Ronald L. Ogden, 23, of Bethalto. Webster was sentenced from Alexander County for theft and Ogden was sentenced fi'om Madison County for burglaiy., Tax money distributed to other taxing bodies in the county included: Rend Lake — $43,629.79. Mt. Vernon Airport — $109,459.08. Mt. Vernon Rural Fire District — $42,419.18. Webber Fire District — $2,869.62. Ashley Fh-e District — $876.13. $2 .57,67.S For Mt. V. The City of Mt. Vernon received $257,673.65 in tax money this year. Jefferson county government received $301,477.49. That included $59,451.60 in general corporate. Here is the detailed breakdown of the final distribution of taxes in 1966: SCHOOLS High School No. 201-Mt. Vernon $915,849.88. High ' School No. 204-Bluford $73,460.06. High School No. 205-Wood$70,750.94. High School No. 97—Dahlgren $4,352.66. High School No. 100—Ashley $5,509.31. High School No. 200—Centralia 28,821.58. High School No. 600-Salem $630.53. GRADE SCHOOLS C-2 Rome $79,721.52. C-3 Field $33,102.24. C-4 Woodlawn $68,878.69. C-5 Belle Rive $28,999.24. C-6 Grand Prairie $32,457.19. lawn $70,750.94. C-7 Dodds $24,743.79. C-8 Ina $15,877.09. C-9 Opdyke $22,810.12. C-12 McClellan $19,443.73. C-88 Bonnie $9,705.67. C-99 Farrington $23,811.33. C-114 Bluford $63,205.42. Unit No. 1—Jefferson County $196,972.73. C-2 Marion Co. $66.09. C-13 Wayne Co. $32.42. C-15 Washington Co. $6,544.67. C-;01 Hamilton Co. $1,440.15. C-115 Franklin Co. $2,486.98. C-135 Marion Co. $58.82. C-1 Marion Co. $9.77. District No. 50-OId Union $21,421.74. j District No. 77—Camp Gi-ound 1 $4,535.37. District No. 79—Summersville ' $51,421.45. District No. 80—Mt. Vernon $503,283.94. District No. 82-Betiiel $20,672.10 CITV AND VIU.AGES Mt. Vernon $257,673.65. Bluford $10,242.83. WaltonviUe $1,428.01. Woodlawn'$1,196.02. Dix $770.85. Ina $1,360.10. Belle Rive $1,592.13. Nason $303.44. OTHER LEVIES Jefferson Fire $42,419.18. Webber Fire $2,869.62. Ashley Fire $876.13.' (Continued on Page 2. Col. 71 In ;Mt. y,--i^/i^/i^m-^M FirstJ^ove Is Made On Park District The first official move toward an election to establish a tax- supported park district in the Mt. Vernon area was taken at a public meeting at the city hall last night. Fifty residents, representing a Strong cross-section of community and area organizations, heard a visiting expert tell of the economic and service advantages of a park district to a community. At the same time Joseph J. Bannon, of the recreation and park administration department of the University of Illinois, explained to the interested group the mechanics of setting up a park district. Eddie AUen, chairman of the community facilities committee of the Mt. Vernon Plan Commission, presided at the session. At its conclusion he said that a steering committee will be appointed soon. It will be the responsibiUty of this committee, he said, to study the feasibility of a park district in this area, decide upon the best boundaries, and arrange for an election on the proposal if studies show that it would be advantageous to the area. Chairman Allen, who has headed early studies of a proposed park and recreation district here, said he was "quite pleased" with the excellent turnout ot community leaders last night and the interest expressed. "We believe that a strong steering committee will be the Astronaut D^llaq(e#yfUiinbnieA^ ALDRIN'S FINGERS GLOWED IN SPACE (Continued on Page Two, Cbl. 5) Anti-Israel Unrest Rises In Jordan JERUSALEM, Jordan Sector (AP) — Police battled demon- Etratmg students in this Holy aty today while the northern town of Nablus remained sealed off and unrest spread to the main towns of Jordan 's West Bank. The demonstrators demanded arms to fight Israel and the strengthening of Jordanian military units along the tense frontier with the Jewish state. Latent dissatisfaction among refugees living in the part of Jordan that was formerly Palestine — the area between the River Jordan and the frontier with Israel — erupted into violence last week following the Israel attack Nov. 13 against the village of Samua. Demonstrations broke out last week in Nablus, 40 miles north of Jerusalem; and in the town of Hebron, about 25 miles to the south. Students held two demonstrations in Jerusalem itself Monday and were disperse.d by police and Bedouin troops. The most serious trouble appeared to be centered in Nablus, whose inhabitants are noted for their unruliness and stubbornness. The government sealed off the town Monday and declared a curfew after fighting between (Continued on Page 2, Col. 7) Christmas Lighting Contest County-Wide An expanded community Christmas outdoor residential lighting contest was announced today by the Mt. Vernon (Chamber of Commerce, Several weeks ago the chamber stated such a contest would be held within the city limits of Mt. Vernon, in cooperation with Illinois Power Comi^any. In view of the fact that the Chamber serves all of Jefferson county and interest has been shown in the coming contest outside Mt. Vernon, the C3iam- ber decided to include the entire county, with the hope that many residents will jwrticipate. Sponsors with the Chamber will include Illinois Power Company and Tri-Ctounty Ellectirc Cooperative^ Inc. A jtotal of $150 in cash awards will be given the winners, equally divided between the three sponsors. There will be two sets of judges because of the territory, involved. Three judges will operate witii- in the Mt. Vernon metropolitan area and the same number outside the metropolitan area. An official entry blank will appear soon in the Register- News. It was again said at the Chamber today that the contest is being held for the purpose of providing residents an opportunity to display tlje spirit of the Yuletide season as they feel it should be presented. Simplicity will be one of the chief considerations of the judgps, it was said. ^ „ By RONALD THOMPSON AF Aerospace Writjer , SPACE CENTER, Houston, Tex. (AP)—Gemini 12 's cham: pion spacewalker reyealed today he saw a strange phenomenon while working outside his spaceship: Rubbing his fingers together sparked a faint glow. T noticed the peculiar thing during the night pass," Air Force Maj. Edwin E. (Buzz) Aldrin Jr. told a news conference. I thmk its something we should look at." Aldrin, who teamed with Navy Capt. James A. LoyieU Jr. for the four-day Gemini 12 flight that rang down the curtain on America's Project Gemini, had no explanation for what it might be. Over-all, Aldrin said, space- walking "went quite a bit smoother than I actually thought it would." Aldrin, a rookies who mastered the hostilities of space with three historic ventures totaling 5% hours, returned from space with the world's title for space walking. "We didn't run into a single problem that gave us any trouble," he noted. Lovell said the two men had a brief period of disappointment shortly after they got into space and were chasing an Agena rocket for a rendezvous. "Buzz noticed that the computer wasn't giving any change in range," Lovell said, explaining that the radar was supposed to feed the computer with data. He added that he then looked at the control board and noticed that the radar liad apparently lost its lock-on. "For a minute we just looked at each other and said: 'Ah, it couldn't happen to us.' " Lovell said. So, the two pilots resorted to their visual means of catching tlie fleeting target while not using the radar—something never done on a Gemini flight. "I'm sort of glad we had radar failure because it gave us a chance to use the backup chaits," Lovell added while noting that they were equipped with a sequence of secondary ways to complete the rendezvous. "I think the maneuvers we made were more accurate than those given on the ground," he said. Aldrin's sojourns, highlighted by a stroll lasting 2 hours and 9 minutes, proved that by resting frequently and using proper restraint equipment, man can do SAIGON, South Viet Nam ( APV —Tlie U. S. Command reported today that at least 48,000 Communist troops infiltrated from North Viet Nam in the first nhie months this year. That would more than triple the apparent in'l flux before the American bombing campaign was launched agabist the North Feb. 7, 196S. SAIGON, South Viet Nant (AP) — U.S. fliers stepped up theu: attacks in North and Southi Viet Nam wliile on the ground the fighting lapsed today into small scattered clashes. B52 • bombers ijounded Communist positions in support of the American forces pressing Operation Attleboro in Tay Nmh Province and those in Operation Paul Revere in the central highlands. The weather improved over North Viet Nam Tuesday for the first time in nearly two weeks* and U.S. pilots flew 59 bombing missions, an Increase over recent days but stiU far below the average 150 missions of ideal flying days. One American plane was reported shot down, a two-man Air Force F4C Phantom jet. Both fliers were listed as missing. It was the •427th plane reported lost over North Viet Nam andtheflrstBinceNov.il. On another front, the V.Sn mission announced a new, mai> joir effort to spur the' pacification program, the civilian -dio rected campaign to win the alle* giance of South Viet Nam's masses to the Saigon government. Deputy U.S. Ambassadoc! William J. Porter, 52, waa namied to head the new attempt to make the flagging program succeed. Await Thanksgiving Dinner As the ground fighting subsided, ttie 360,000 American troops in Viet Nam and the 60,000 men offshore on 7th Fleet ships looked forward to the traditional turkey-and-trimmings Thanksgiving dinner Thursday. In another development, U.S. sources disclosed that desertions from South Viet Nam's regular army have dropped sharply since stiff new penalties were ordered last April. These sources reported 4,000 Vietnamese desertions in Septembed compared with 7,500 last March .i 111 the scattered ground ac-. tion, "U.S. Marines supported by air strikes, artillery, naval gunfire and tanks reported killing 36 Viet Cong in clashes Tuesday near Da Nang and Chu Lai. The. Marines said they trapped one band of 25 Viet Cong on a smaU peninsula 13 miles southwest of Chu Lai and drove them to the sea. The Leathernecks called in artillery barrages and air strikes which killed 15 of the Viet Cong. The Marines killed the other 10 in ground fighting. (ContiQued OD Page 2> Coluam 6), This Saturday Walnut Hill To Dedicate Water System Walnut Hill will celebrate the completion of it's new community water system at a special dedication program to be held on Satuixlay, November 26th at 2:00 p.m. in the village hall, reports Carl Mays, village president. U.S. Congressman George Shipley will give the feature address. Eldon B. Colegi'ove, Illinois state director of the Farmers Home Administration, the agency of the federal government that provided the $250,000 loan that made the water system possible, will comment on the part FHA plays in helping rural people. Mays and the other members of the village board will be honored for their efforts in making this, rural water system possible. The village board invites the public to attend and, in particular urges those who will be served by the water system to participate in the dedication and to iiispect the facility* , r

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