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Monmouth Undergoes Epidemic of Fires -Page 14- Story on Page One Raster-Mail Weather Strip* Btu* A Little Cooler on Wednesday With High In Upper Seventies A Bettor IVeunpaper VOLUME LXXII—243 GALESBURG, ILLINOIS — TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1963 PRICE SEVEN CENTS Common Mart Concedes to US Proposal BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) The European Common Market backed down today and agreed to submit its chicken war with the United States to an impartial panel for settlement. The European Ministerial Council, ruling body of the six- nation trade group, accepted an American proposal that the issue involved in the shipment of American frozen poultry to Western Europe be examined by a group of foreign trade experts. The ministers, representing France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland and Luxem- ourg, referred their decision to a drafting committee before final action on a text this afternoon, according to Common Market sources. Board of Three Under the American proposal, each side would nominate an expert, and a third member of the panel would be named by the international trade organization known as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade with headquarters in Geneva. The panel would look into U.S. claims that the overseas sales of American poultrymen have been damaged to the tune of $46 million by the Common Market's tariffs. The U.S. government has been plugging for a reduction in European tariffs on American frozen poultry. The Americans already have declined a 10-per cent cut in European duties as "small and uncertain." The current European levy is 13.43 cents a pound. According to U.S. officials, this has cut deeply into U.S.'shipments to the Common Market, particularly to West Germany. Council Acts To Reduce Use of Latin VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican Ecumenical Council voted overwhelmingly today to extend the use of local languages to the sacraments, as well as the Mass, keeping Latin only for the very heart of the rites. Today's amendment voting does not make the changes final. The schema as a whole must be approved by the council and by Pope Paul VI before it becomes effective. The more than 2,000 prelates meeting in St. Peter's Basilica also agreed to change the name of extreme unction—the Sacrament of Last Anointing—to "anointing of the sick." This was done to remove the fear-of- death overtones of the sacrament's present name. Approval of these changes came in voting on amendments to a schema (topic) on liturgy, or public worship. Almost every one of the council fathers rose to his feet in aceement on closing the debate on the passage, which deals with the relationship between papal authority and the collective authority of bishops, the creation of permanent deacons, and the role of priests in the church hierarchy. Search Launched for Arsonist in Monmouth After Three Major Fires; * * * * False Alarms Add T To Hectic Night By ROBERT LeMAY W Business was almost at a standstill today, in Monmouth as residents sought an explanation for the fires which destroyed two lumber yards and a small factory late Monday night and early MM this morning. The smell of smoke still covered the city. Authorities said they are convinced an arsonist was responsible for the blazes, which caused damage estimated at | po r tg 0 f other false alerts are 'ly i unfounded, he said. • 12 Departments Aid about $400,000 and possibly higher FLAMES ROAR SKYWARD—Firemen were faced with the impossible task of extinguishing this blaze at the Fullerton Lumber Co. Monday night about midnight, one of three major fires attacked by units from 12 towns. This was the second reported, and damage here was estimated to be a minimum of $150,000 by company officials. Three Burlington trains were delayed from 10 minutes to more than half an hour by this fire, because the tracks are located within 15 feet of the yard and neighboring homes were threatened. The other fires were at the Monmouth Lumber Co. and the Monmouth Metal Culvert Co. Total damage was expected to reach $400,000 and possibly go higher. Townspeople with shotguns and armed National Guardsmen stood guard over the city until daylight. (Other pictures, story on pages 14 and 19.) (Register-Mail photo by Wilson Isreal.) Political Party Hopes to Draft Strom Thurmond WASHINGTON, Ind. (AP) |§ Representatives of the Constitution party will meet in Indianapolis this week with the avowed intention of drafting Sen. Strom Thurmond (D-S.C.) as their presidential candidate. National committeemen and committeewomen from U states will meet Friday through Sunday. States to be represented include Illinois. Seesaws at 2 Outposts ALGIERS (UPI)—The Algerian government said today Algerian forces have driven Moroccan troops from two disputed Sahara outposts in a two-day battle. A bulletin, broadcast at 1 p. m. by the government controlled Algiers Radio, said: "Troops of the Algerian National and Popular Army (ANP) have cleared out the Hassi Beida and Tinjoub sectors." The announcement followed official reports in both Algiers and the Moroccan capital of Rabat that fighting had resumed today. The posts are in a border area claimed by both nations. Radio Algiers said that "thousands of Algerians" are besieging barracks to ask for arms "to defend the threatened western frontier." At 1:30 p.m. (EDT) King Hassan II of Morocco's spokesman, Ahmed Guedira, confirmed an Algerian counter-attack. ("It was launched with heavy forces and fighting is continuing at this moment." he said. (The posts at Hassi Beida and Tinjoub are putting up resistance and are still in the hands of the royal (Moroccan) armed forces, Guedira said. (He indicated fighting had spread beyond the two posts themselves. ("Certainly the combat zone has spread out and is no longer localized at these two posts," he said. (Earlier, National Defense Minister Mahjoubi Aherdane told newsmen before flying to the front line area: "There is fighting. That's all I can tell you." (Aherdane returned later to Marrakesh. (Guedira said the Algerians were calling up reinforcements. ("I do not think there have been any Algerian fighter planes brought into action," Guedira told newsmen, "but reconnaissance aircraft have been used." (He said the Algerians were using heavy artillery. ("On our side we have remained with our forces that were engaged yesterday (Monday), and which are not supported either by armor or by artillery," Guedira added.) Extent Unknown There was no immediate indication of the numbers of men involved in today's fighting nor the extent to which the combat zone had spread. But reports of Monday's recapture of the two posts by the Moroccans said 1,000 men were engaged on each side. Today King Hassan awaited the arrival in Marrakesh of two Algerian emissaries to discuss the border dispute. Police Society Purchaser of Gambling Stamp INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Fraternal Order of Police, Evansville, was listed Monday among 88 Indiana purchasers of federal gambling stamps in the last month. Grant Visits Home BRISTOL, England (UPI) British-born actor Cary Grant paid a surprise visit to an old folks' home Monday and was mobbed by elderly autograph seekers. Grant, who planned to return to the United States later this week, had promised in an exchange of letters to visit the Old Aged Pensioners Club in suburban Bedminster, but his appearance came as a surprise. Secretary to Face Quiz on Controversy WASHINGTON (AP) - President Kennedy's appointment of a new Navy secretary may set off a chain reaction leading to congressional explosion over a tentative Pentagon decision to deny the Navy any more nuclear carriers. When Paul H. Nitze, named Monday to succeed Fred Korth, comes before the Senate for confirmation, it seems certain he will be asked for his views on the continuing controversy over whether carriers should be phased out in favor of missiles and missile-firing submarines. Korth, who said he was resigning to "attend to my pressing private affairs," probably will be asked to explain if his decision had any connection with his apparently futile efforts to get a new nuclear carrier built. Associates said his defeat in the nuclear power argument sped his decision to quit. Some Congress members said they thought Korth's action stemmed from the row over the controversial TFX warplane contract award, and Sen. Carl T. Curtis, R-Neb., said Korth will be questioned again about it. Korth has told the Senate Investigations subcommittee headed by Sen. John L. McClellan, D-Ark., that a bank he formerly headed in Fort Worth, Tex., joined several others in making a loan to the General Dynamics Corp. Where to Find It 2 SECTIONS 22 PAGES Abingdon — 17 Amusement 6 Busbnell . % Classified Ads -20-81 Comics-TV-Radio 18 Editorial 4 Galva « Hospital Notes 6 Knoxville 17 Markets 18 Monmouth 14 Obituary 19 Sports 12-13 Weather . 2 Women in the Newi -8-9 Angry Pastor Threatens to Lead Protest BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UPI) — Negro leader Martin Luther King Jr., bitterly denouncing the city's rejection of his desegregation demands, threatened Monday night to lead demonstrations of "more numbers than any man can count." "We will demonstrate until they integrate," he told a rally of more than 1,000 Negroes. But he'did not say when such segre gation protests, which brought around 2,500 arrests lasj spring, would begin. King spoke several hours after Mayor Albert Boutwell said Adenauer Era Comes to End At High Noon BONN (UPI)-The "Adenauer era" came to an end at high noon today as the West German chancellor officially retired from the government and returned to his parliamentary seat as a deputy. "Der Alte," just three months short of his 88th birthday, thanked the German people for their help, then returned to the seat he left 14 years and one month ago today to become the first West German chancellor. "But I won't just listen," he promised the parliament. "I'll talk, too." Reviewing his years in office, beginning in the days when this country was a rubble heap and ending when it is the world's second greatest trading nation, Adenauer told parliament proudly: "We Germans can again walk with our heads up." He said the greatest development of his administration was the recovery of friends in the world. When he came to power, he said, the Germans' names was a curse. Today, the German name again rings true, he said. that solution of the city's racial problems "will never be done in response to threats or deadlines from anyone." Boutwell referred to a demand by King that the city hire 25 Negro policemen within a two-week period ending next Monday or face new racial demonstrations. Conflicts With Law BoutwelPs executive assistant, W. C. Hamilton, said civil service regulations requiring a six-week clearance check for new employes would make it "impossible" to meet King's deadline without an act of the legislature. Boutwell said an "intensive and completely impartial survey" was being made to determine the best kind of police force for Birmingham and he would not permit "other interests to intervene or defeat" that study. Clinton, La.: A Louisiana court Monday issued a warrant for the arrest of James Farmer, national director of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) for leading racial demonstrations. Farmer failed to show up for a hearing Monday against Negroes charged with violating a restraining order against picketing white merchants. Tallahassee, Fla.: A group of white Florida State University students carrying "Ban the Ban" placards picketed an off- campus hangout Monday to protest its refusal to serve Negroes. Birmingham: Gov. George C. Wallace denied in a television address Monday night that Birmingham is experiencing economic setbacks because of racial troubles. Water was still being poured onto small areas at the lumber yards at noon today. The first call came to the Monmouth Fire Department at 10:54 last night, and when fire fighters reached the Monmouth Lumber Co., 609 Broadway St.. they found the buildings and stacks of lumber ablaze. One hour later a second call came in. This time the blaze was at the Fullerton Lumber Co., 519 S. First St. At 11:56 a caller said there was a fire across the street from Fullerton at the Warfield - McCullough Lumber Yard, but this proved to be false. Called to School Shortly before 2 a.m. an alarm called fire fighters to the Lincoln School in the eastern part of town. A few minutes later, at exactly 2 a.m., fire broke out at the Monmouth Metal Culvert Co., only three blocks away from the first fire. Dale Moore, Monmouth fire chief, and Wayne Nelson, Galesburg fire chief, said this morning it had to be arson because of the manner in which the blazes took hold. When Mrs. Virgil Nelson, who lives across the street, discovered the fire at the Monmouth Lumber Co., she said the whole east end was ablaze. When an unknown caller reported the Fullerton disaster, the entire area was on fire. At the culvert company, Richard Merillat, the owner, was standing guard at his plant, and decided to go for coffee shortly before 2 a.m. He said good-bye to Merlin Elliott, who was guarding the Kent feeds plant across the street. Five minutes later Elliott saw the fire and immediately called the department. Damage Assessed Damage at the Monmouth yard, owned by Earl and Roy Hickman, was estimated at $75. 000. The Hickmans said they had no future plans at this time to rebuild, but said a final decision would be made later. The Fullerton firm was apparently hardest hit. Charles Foulkes, superintendent of the yard, and Norman Gerber, manager, said the loss there was a minimum of $150,000, but this could go much higher. Gerber said he was waiting for insurance adjusters and representatives from the home office in Minneapolis, Minn., before making any statements on definite future plans. The most ironic twist of the night occurred at the culvert company. Merillat said the fire insurance had fallen due Oct. 1, but he did not pay it. He was waiting to hear from his insurance agent to ascertain whether the insurance firm allowed a grace period in which to pay the premium. Losses were estimated between $28,000 and $30,000. Merillat hoped to resume today work in the half of his shop which was not heavily damaged. The devastated section of the building was used to construct burial vaults, and the undamaged section to make the culverts. However, he said, the machinery was run by compressed air clutch, and the compressor was on the floor next to the burned part of the building, and he wasn't sure it would work. Chief Moore said false alarms were also turned into the department for fires at the Benner store and the hospital, but re- State, county and local offi-^^ cials joined forces to combat the blaze, and to mount guard over ' various businesses and institutions in the city. Moore estimated that some 150 fire fighters were on the scene from 12 com- ~ munities. Units came from Galesburg, Bushnell, Oquawka, Roseville, Knoxville, Green Township of Viola, Aledo, Good Hope, Alexis, Abingdon and Gerlaw, in addi- M tion to Monmouth. The Galesburg units arrived in Monmouth shortly after midnight with trucks Nc. 1 and No. 6, plus the chief's car. Nelson • (Continued on page 14) Two Nuclear ^ Powers Ready ^ To Negotiate • UNITED NATIONS, NT. _ (AP) — The United States and ^ the Soviet Union put final touches today on a joint effort to bar nuclear weapons from outer ygr space and clear the way for new disarmament negotiations. The U.N. General Assembly's main political committee sched- mtr uled a double session on disarm- • ament as the two big powers readied two resolutions couched in the new spirit of East-West amity. • One proposal, to be introduced by other members on behalf of Moscow and Washington, appeals to nations to refrain from putting nuclear weapons on or- W biting space satellites. The United States and Russia planned to propose the second «g» resolution. It would press the if Geneva Disarmament Committee to explore sibilities for a breakthrough on the question of <•» complete disarmament. W The eight nonaligned members of the 17-nation Geneva Committee had two resolutions yjB& for assembly consideration. • One was drawn in general terms and renewed the call for complete disarmament. It was ^jjf not expected to stir up much * discussion. The other, dealing with the disputed question of under- Iff ground testing, underwent last- minute revisions after Soviet and American arms experts object- mm ed to a preliminary draft. The resolution calls on the nuclear powers to round out the limited nuclear test ban treaty by halting nuclear weapon tests be- • neath the earth's surface. Kernel* Selects 3 Chicagoans For State Board SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP) Dr. Jerome M. Grunes, Chicago psychiatrist, has been named by Gov. Otto Kerner to the Commission on Sex Offenders. Reappointed to the commission are Hans Mattick, criminologist, and Dr. Frank K. Fowler, both of Chicago. Kerner also announced Monday the appointment of Milton £. Schaible of Ottawa as a member of the Great Lakes Commission. He will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Dr. Clair S. Boruff of Peoria. •

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