Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on December 31, 1970 · Page 1
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ALTON EVENING i" ' 4 " Serving Mttdism> Jersey> Mncoupin^ Greenland Calhotin Counties Vol. 135, NO. WB & Afro* Telegram ISfisant fcg., 1090 jg Alton, Illinois, Thursday, Dec. 31, 1970 Price lOc Est. Jan. 15, 1836 never d By DOUG THOMPSON Telegraph Staff Writer Internal Revenue agents are checking into the mysterious $750,000 that Illinois Secretary of State Paul Powell stashed In shoeboxes and envelopes in a closet of his Springfield hotel suite before his death Oct. 10. Discovery of that money, and an additional $50,000 in Powell's office safe, was revealed Wednesday by John S. Rendleman, executor of Powell's estate. Tax agents are • investigating to find the source of the money, hidden between boxes of whiskey in a locked closet of the St. Nicholas Hotel. Also under investigation is why the money, which Rendleman found on Oct. 13, three days after Powell's death, was never deposited in the bank by the Secretary of State. Rendleman, who is chancellor of Southern Illinois 'University in Edwardsville, admitted Wednesday . that he "never suspected" Powell had the money hidden and was "a bit more than just surprised" when he located the lot. "Paul always told me that he kept a 'little cash' in his closet for emergencies. But I never expected this much money," John S. Rendleman, the executor of Powell's estate and chancellor of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE), told the Telegraph. Rendeman sat in his third floor office at SIUE lale Wednesday, after interrupting a week's vacation, and told the Telegraph the story of the cash. "Shortly after Paul's death, I called his secretary and told her she and .1 had better search his closet before a maid or somebody found any money there," he said. On Oct. 13, the search was made. Stuffed into envelopes, strongboxes, shoeboxes and between cases of liquor was some $750,000 in cash — mostly $100 bills. "We found another $50,000 in his office safe, bringing the total to $800,000," Rendleman said. "I don't know what possssed the man to leave that much money lying around like that." A scared and nervous One know^t survivor, Rendleman gathered up about $600,000 of the cash and took it. down and put it in the trunk of his car in front of the St. Nicholas. While he was up in Powell's suite, the Springfield police towed his car away for illegal parking, never knowing they also had $600,000. 'Hendleman'took the money, along with more found by Powell's secretary, Mrs. Margaret Hensey, and deposited it in the Illinois 39 feared dead in mine blast in east Kentucky . HYDENi Ky. (AP) Rescue workers groped • through the blackened interior of a mountain early today, seeking the last of 39 men presumed killed by a shattering explosion in a coal mine cited by federal inspectors for safety violations earlier this year. There was one known survivor from the day underground, shift after the blast went off inside the Finley Coal Co. mine Wednesday, filling the honeycombed shafts with rock dust. Debris and dirt sprayed hundreds of feet outside. By early morning, 20 bodies had been carried out and mine officials held out little hope for the" 19 missing men. Poisonous gas delayed operations. ... "Their chances are zero,"' said Everett Bartlett, supervisor of the Hazard district of the Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals. He said the disaster was Wood River shivers in minor quake Tremors that apparently originated from a minor earthquake caused a flurry of telephone calls to the Wood River police Wednesday night. The Department of Geology at . St. Louis University reported .to the Telegraph today that its seismograph recorded the tremors between midnight and 12:30 a.m. today. A • spokesman said the center of the disturbance could not be determined but. the quake apparently was of minor force. caused by one of two things: "Either they were shooting (dynamiting) the coal in there or it was a blown (electrical) cable." I n federal inspections earlier this year, the mine was cited for a variety of mine safety law violations, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. The newspaper said records show that in June a federal inspector found an ."imminent danger" because of loose coal and coal dust accumulations and ordered mining stopped. It resumed operations three days, later after deficiencies were corrected. ; More irregularities were found in October : an3"ln'Nov. 23, according to the Courier- Journal. There was no indication that the earlier violations were related to Wednesday's blast, the newspaper said. Clifford Finley, a relative of the mine owner, was in the mine shop about 50 feet from the main entrance when the explosion occurred. Finley immediately ran to two mine openings to see whether the fans were still operating. "I knew they had to have ventilation if they were going to survive," he said. ' / Both fans were working, but as it turned out the men in the mine apparently were beyond the need of an air supply. Finley, who went in with an early rescue party, said the .victims he saw were s badly burned and appeared to have died instantly. One worker, A. T. Collins, was about, 10 feet inside the mine when the detonation came about 12:20 p.m. He was hurled 30 feet but escaped with minor injuries. The late Raid Powell jf inoke John Rendleman Teens to burn drug props f O JL JL By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph Staff Writer (PHOTO PAGE A-2) Acid rock records, marijuana pipes and witch craft books will be burned tonight by Alton teenagers in a New Year's Eve religious demonstration against the growing use of drugs arid teenage acid . rock ..cults' in. the area. ' "Pontius Pilate and the Nail Drivers," "Blowing Your Mind" and o thousands of dollars of other acid rock records will go up in flames in a makeshift incinerator on the parking lot of 'the Ed- wards Street Assembly of God Church. Teenagers — many' who formerly used LSD, speed and marijuana — will gather for the public burning at a watch night service at the.church which has taken the lead in the Alton community in Area couple killed in crash .A former... Bethalto. policeman and a Bethalto woman were killed in' a, two- car smashup • on • Rte. • 111 at the Hartford canal bridge shortly after. 9 ' p.'ni.' Wednesday, the Illinois • State Police reported today. . . . . . Dead are Robert Douglas Tattle, 27, of 281 10th St. in Wood River, and Mrs. Cassandra Barnerd, 21, of 425 Wyoming St. in Bethalto. The .victims were in separate cars. In critical condition at Barnes Hospital is James M. Barnerd, ,22, husband of the dead woman. State police said officers have not been able to question Barnerd, and do not have any information as to how the adeident happened or in what direction the two cars were traveling. According; to other reports, the two cars skidded on the snow - slick pavement and crashed side- to- side. Police said Tuttle and Barnerd were the drivers of the two cars, and that Mrs; Barnerd was a passenger in her husband's auto. Tuttle had been a probationary patrolman on the Bethalto police force until fall, when he resigned. rehabilitating young teenage addicts. Astrology cards, witchcraft books drug pipes and' an array of black migic materials will be piled on the bonfire in a youthful display against the growing nationwide drug cults and witchcraft worship, the pastor, Rev. James Kofahl said. The New Year's Eve service at the Edwards Street Church is a revival of a Biblical ceremony in which converted Christians (Acts 19:19) burned their books of magic in a pubic religious demonstration, the Rev. Kofahl said. "We want to show young drug users in Alton that getting high on God is the greatest 'mind - expanding' expeirence in the world," one young ex-addict and member of the Edwards Street church told the Telegraph. National Bank in Springfield. "I haven't the slightest idea where the money came from. Paul was a rich man, that fact is established. But he had bank accounts and had no reason that I know of to keep that cash hidden," Rendleman said. He kept the find secret for two months to see if the eccentric secretary of state had stashed cash any place else, like his sprawling family (See Page 2 Col. 1) Hewlett howls at cash cache United Press International SPRINGFIELD - Sarcasm and suspicion flowed heavily in the state capital today following disclosure that the late Secretary of State Paul Powell left a hidden cache of $800,000 in his apartment and office. "He must have saved his money when he was young," Democratic State Auditor Michael Howlelt said, and added: "The only thing I wish is that he were still here so he could explain the whole thing. Ninety per cent of the people would probably believe the explanation. Jesus, what a man! Fred Bird, Gov. Richard Ogilvie's press secretary said, "We are not deceived . . . Ogilvie knows about it, he's studying it. But he won't be popping off."- -. . •• •; .• . Bird added that discovery of the cache "...does not come as a surprise." Many agencies, he said, can investigate the situation. Some state officials felt disclosure of the find explained the unusual posting of Illinois Bureau of Investigation guards outside Powell's office. •Ogilvie auhtorized the guards, IBI director Mitchell Ware said, because of reports ''materials" had been removed from the office. "We really don't know what the hell to do," Illinois Auditor General David Thomas said Wednesday. "Sitting here just having heard the news, I wouldn't be planning extra or unusual audits. As far as normal auditing procedure goes, we're very much up to date." Discovery of the money, Lt. Gov. Paul Simon said, makes "crystal clear" the necessity for full income disclosure laws by state officials. Bill Schaub, spokesman for Attorney General William J. (See Page 2, Col. 2) Major obstacle for lawmakers Maybe he wasn't invited Anticipating tonight's whoopee shouldn't make anybody glum, but this bloodhound can't help it — it's his natural look. But it may be a symbol of how many will feel tomorrow. The decorated dog with the unhappy face is "Vikingsliohn Conrad Mayerry," two years old, owned by Mrs. Pat Thornton of Naperville. Wet'night forecast ••MHMUMMOTWBHMMMI^^^^Kft^^^^MHM^M t Area to help '70 limp off By STEVE TROSLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Residents of the Telegraph area will Ir.'p (ho o'd year limp off the scene tonight amid parties, cliurdi-.^oin^, bell-ringing and whistle- blowing. Air preparations point to^a wet night as a farewell to the old year or a greeting to the new year, whichever the excuse may be. Madison -County Sheriff John Meeras said that extending tavern hours is the common practice but "There will be a crackdown if there s any trouble or if the privilege is abused." Area police forces are not putting on extra men although the state police will do so for traffic control purposes and to be watchful of any hazardous road conditions caused by Wednesday night's precipitation. Despite low visibility and wet snow this morning, the National Weather Service at St. Louis predicts partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid • thirties this evening, and the Illinois State Police at Maryville expect road conditions to remain normal throughout today and tonight. Hotels and private clubs in the Telegraph area have scheduled several private parties, but only two night spots contacted in the area planned special New Year's features open to the general public. The Port 'Room of the Flamingo Motel will feature music ^by • Judy Hartig with a $1 cover charge while the motel's Anchor room will feature a $10 a couple New Year's dance with music by Nancy Jent, between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. There will also be a 1 a.m. buffet breakfast served. Rusty's in EdwardsvilJe will feature pianist Fred Wilson with the usual dinner service. Maitre d' Shane Ab- dulhusseni of Rusty's warned those planning to eat out not (See Page 2 Col. 1) Congress checkmated by SST Twisted Metal Mangled regains of one O f t\vo auto* checked by a tow paropanyoperator, raoMi eg tliaj crashed on snow slick Rte, Robert 0. Tuttle, former Bethalto po- 1U near Hartford Wednesday night is Iteemau, was killed in the car. By WALTER R. MEARS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (A,P) - An old Congress is "about to wearily welcome a New Year, still waging the battles of 1970 on the eve of 1971. Senate-House negotiators were making another attempt to • settle the stalemate over subsidies for the supersonic transport airplane. And there was a cross- Capitol dispute over the fate of a bill to increase Social Security benefits. But the stack of legislation confronting the waning Congress was dwindling. "I wish I could give more encouraging news on the SST, which may well be the final roadblock to adjournment," said Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield. Sen. Hugh Scott, the Republican leader, said he hopes the 91st Congress will call it quits by tonight. But the odds appeared to be against it. Mansfield said he - expects a Senate session Saturday- just a day before the time the Constitution sets for ex- •^pirat ion of the current Congress. Another potential complication: the possibility President Nixon might choose to pocket veto legislation sent to the White House on Dec. 22. A pocket veto kills a bill if the president does not sign .it within 10 days after receiving it—if Congress is not in session when that time expires. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., said Nixon has 22 unsigned bills, some of which could die by pocket veto if Congress is in adjournment Saturday. Clear Friday Low 25; High 45 (Complete weather page B-6) But the more immediate problem was at the Capitol, in the form of a $2.5-billion transportation appropriations bill stalled in the SST controversy. Sen. Henry M. Jackson, D- Wash,, a chief promoter of the SST measure, said he sees a 50-50 chance of compromise to settle that issue today. The Senate origially voted to stop spending for the SST; the House voted $290 million for the project, and a compromise bill offering $210 million produced a filibuster in the Senate. It was rejected in favor of new negotiations, which began Wednesday night. The conference was informal, since the House has not yet gone through the process of naming its conferees again. The House passed Wednesday night and sent to the Senate a compromise three- year extension of the food . stamp program which subsidizes grocery purchases of the poor, sticking by a disputed requirement that recipients accept almost any job offered. The bill authorizes $1.75 billion for the food stamp program during the current fiscal year. The compromise terms had loomed as a potential barrier to adjournment, but Sen. George S. McGovern, D-S.D., said he had decided against trying to defeat them because there isn't time to draft a new version. Nonetheless, McGovern described the work rule as serfdom, saying it would cut off food stamps to mothers and children if a father, even an older brother or sister, refused a job. The Telegraph will not publish New Year's Day INSIDE EDITORIAL A-4 New year symbolizes "new chance." SHERIFF A-2 Plan to move sheriff's office in Edwardsville. DUMP A-3 An "illegal" dump angers Carrollton. ROWAN A-6 Conservatives were the real news story this year. MIND YOUR MONEY .. A-6 Ceilings on earnings for the retired. KOCHE A ,« Analysis of the Peace Corps. FAMILY A.« Women in the news during 1970. SPORTS Alton wins consolation at Carkoiidale.

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