Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 2, 1971 · Page 4
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 4

Alton, Illinois
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Saturday, January 2, 1971
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A-4 Alton Evening Telegraph Satnr<ln\. • • • What We think about. . . Sheriffs efficiency . . . Closet case . . Combining should help The row raised in the sheriff H'< i'"M Crimpaisri over p'Tsonal < x'n-n^' s of tin- incumbent is bearing arldiiinn;il fruit. In qurstion at the lime was the cntiniv's responsibility to supply HIP slv-i ill and hN family with food and quart"rs. Traditionally the sheriff's family had lived in quarters connected wilh Ihc rouniy jail, while his office was located in the courthouse. Wednesday, Sheriff John Macras approved a proposal undei 1 which his nl'ii. !•.•-• were to be moved from Ihc courthouse lo quarters occupied by former shenlf< in the jail building. The county will not escape rompl< •« •!<•' expenses for quartering the -;herilf. lie's pet I ins a Slb'5 a month 'din \ -nice for an apartment he and his lamily will occup>. in Edwardsville. The big point of efficiency, as wo ;•>•(> it, is removal of Ihe sheriff's office from the courthouse. His stall will be replaced there by Ihe county supervisor of assessments, a move v. h'l-h v. ill '_:!'•'• Irni quailci> adja'-ent to llu Iro.trri '>f re\ ie\\- \\ilh which lie will ha\e • 'ill:-'!' :<•; al il( • di -aliM'.'s. More important. Hi" transfer will put the s'lerill's ^t:iM' within Hi' jail bnildintc. I'iiis " ill !iol only enable hi-~ stall to e.xercis" closer '• >lp! i'vjsinn Ihere. bill make it handier If) iu'M' ("-> entering and dcpa rl in;; pr-'-;oii"r>. -''line loss mi'.'Ill be expi^'dd In be Buffered in the Lcrc.'atfM 1 dislance ^Jielwern the slii-rilCs office and conrls in'the courthouse. I'.ut we believe the closer contact with the jail \\ ill more than comiiensale. '.iiiarlering of Hie sherifl's lamily in the jail building comes down to us from days vlun his stall was so small, and prisoners gencralh so Iraclable, thai il was possible? le let his wile and lamily keep watch over Ihe prisoners, for most parl. Tlii )•••!• days are long gone. It has been some lime since the sheriff's wife has been expe(led to perform these supervisory duties in Madison couiily. ft was time tin' county recognixed il. The change will give further support to not onlv the laudatory comments made by recent slate inspectors, but should serve lo make more mi-tidal ions. "•live some of their recom- Kxplanation discoverable? Discovery of more than S800,000 in cash in a couple of hiding places where former Secretary of Stale Paul Powell apparently stashed if during his lifetime raises many perplexing questions. Dr. John S. Rondlemnn, chancellor of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus and Powell's personal attorney expressed surprise over the discovery and reported il to authorities immediately — (hough information of it was withheld from Ihe public till last week. Powell at one time was a close associate of Orville Hodge, one-time state auditor deposed from office after newspapers had dug up a major scandal. Was that link involved? Or was race track money or lobbyists' payola 'he source? Lt.-Gov. Paul Simon commented, after publication of the discovery, for new and lighter laws requiring stale officials lo make disclosure of their incomes. (ioneral disposition among those com- menting tended toward references to Powell's eccentricity. Eccentric or not, cold, hard cash is hard for any investigators or observers to put: their lingers on. Tho public deserves a full report on findings. Fire drills essential .Holiday fire tragedies emphasize Ihe high priority of families having a home fire drill and escape plan as suggested by St. Louis County Fire Marshal James E. Holdinghaus. Death of seven person in fires distinctly registers how important the idea is. Panic and suffocation from carbon monoxide poisoning are the key causes of fatalities which might be averted, he contends. We agree that practice on escape routes and training children how to find them in the dark are essential, just as is done in schools. We add also the suggestion that touching a door to see if it's hot is wise before opening il; and wetting down of a towel or blanket for protection from searing heat and flames may aid in minimizing injury or avoiding t ragedy. The thought and time spent with children on this safety practice should be tops on a New Year's priority list for all families. Preserving press freedom Extension to Illinois of the ruling in California that says newsmen may refuse to disclose their confidential sources of information has been made by a federal judge. The ruling stems from a case in which Globe Democrat National Service reporter Jared Stout learned from a former Military Intelligence agent he and other agents had spied on Illinois civilians during the political campaign. We supported the California ruling which preserved the confidential reporter-source and we are happy to see the ruling adopted in Illinois. This delicate relationship is the essence of the role of a free press in a democratic society. PAUL S. and STEPHEN A. COUrfLEY Readers' forum Disgusting c5 o Who's minding the. store? cruelty T was shocked and disgusted when I read the article on the front page of Monday's Telegraph' concerning the young eagle. The pcrson(s) who set the trap may be caught, but their "punishment" will most likely be a fine or perhaps even a short prison term, after which the party will undoubtedly be more careful in pursuing such inhumane activities. Anyone who has a desire to see living things suffc r e i i ii e r physically or psychologically — for there is no other plausible reason for this type of thing — has thereby exhibited proof of some form of depravity which calls for stern action. People have grown insensitive to the plight of our fellow creatures on earth. Maybe we can't adopt every stray cat and dog in the country, but if Alton's citizens were concerned enough, we might bring a stop to such useless and sadistic treatment of area birds arid animals. JENNIFER. L. HOOKER 709 Rivcrvicw Dr. shoclwrl 1" you want to blame someone for polluting the air, you need look no further than our socalled "public" utilities. I was in Alton recently on one of my infrequent visits and I was appalled al the thick smoke from the Union Electric Portage dcs Sioux facilities. I'm no expert, but il seems to me that U. E. could burn smokeless fuels. To be sure, I'm fi "Johnny come lately" to this whole ecology - population - quality of life subject. P.ut I'm worried. We all have lo do something, or good old Mother Earth won't be I'll lo live on in succeeding generations. 1 think companies like II. E. have an obligation to us all to pollute as lilllr as possible. ROBERT E. CLAYTON Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Home, Quincy, III. For n in tvrilrrs, unit* The T •' I C K i' » 1> I' w '•Iconics prose, cvjiri-isions of its renti- er's ii w ii opinions. Writers' minirs mill mldrcHHCH nmM lie (dihlislicil ivilll Ilicir Idler-,. ('oiitriliuliolis should lie con- else, jircfcriihly not exceeding IfSO \vorilH, nwl lire silli.iecl, l» coiitlriiNUlioii. Jack Anderson FBI-style probe of Hoover uncovers loving letters WASHINGTON — Our FBI- stylo field investigation of J. Edgar Hoover has uncovered a batch of personal letters, signed "Affectionately" and "With Love," to an attractive Washington, D. C., widow. This is one of our startling discoveries about the FBI's bachrlor boss who today celebrates his 76th birthday and, in May, will mark his 47th anniversary at the FBI. He has become such an awesome figure that Presidents, members of Congress and newsmen alike have hesitated to criticize him. With occasional exceptions, the press has been filled with outpourings of praise for him. We thought it was time, therefore, that someone pried into his private life in Ihe FBI manner. Hoover is such a stickler for conventional morals that he ordered an exhaustive investigation of an FBI clerk who was accused by an informal of spending a night with .his girl friend. The girl was subjected to an FBI grilling, and the clerk was fired for unbecoming conduct. Hoover himself treats the ladies with JOth century courtliness. The only hint of a romantic interest is found in his personal letters to the late Muriel Gcier who, ac- ay JMo douht handicapped child can he helped WASHINGTON (NEA) -• Don't doubt the handicapped child can be hclpi'il. And Dial most can live normal, active lives lull <>!" satisfaction. Says one I'alher "Whi'ii our boy wai: a year old, we knew he had H hcarim; deficiency and as soon as we could wo started l(i leach him lo speak. Kirst. the sound of Hie letter O. And Ihe difference between Ii and I', Ihal I' has mure air than I'. We showed him that with a tissue held lo the niuiilh. dersland whal you :-;ay to Bill lie scuba drives and skis and travels and knows how to behave in company. Whal a ''real day il was when he learned to tell a joke on himself. And when lie first began to lease his sister, at II. Before, he had been loo unsure of himself lo do that." Conrad, II, went sledding two years ago, was hit by a car and suffered head injury. He has poor recall and walks stiffly on his toes. His mouth is open much of Ihe lime because lie cannot keep his lips together. Every day the therapist touches his lip with ice, with a camel's hair brush, with a sharp slick. "Wo bombard Ihe area wilh sensory input," she says, "so Ihal some undamaged cells will perhaps help lip closure." II works. When Conrad first came a year and a half ago, put his lips asks S year-old hi 1 did to r 's mid .lanuary .ays lie can't The teacher says that's a brain-damage pattern. "lie does remember, but it's hard for him lo express himself. He can't organi/e his thoughts and gel the words together. So lie says he can't remember, way oul." Much of m i n i in a I causing so 's the easiest this so-called brain damage, called minimal brain dysfunction, occurs at birlh, if the baby is deprived of oxygen, even briefly. The damaged part of the brain cannot be repaired. Bui the brain has much tissue which can substitute for that which was lost provided it is trained lo do so. Tony is writing now. He has just learned that at the bcgiimiiig of a sentence there must be a capital letter, and al the end of a question a question mark. That's good progress. Someday he may do well in high school and perhaps in college. Joseph was born hardly able to hear or see or make sounds. When he came to a school sponsored by the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped of the Depart- menl of Health, Education and Welfare, he was 4, and had to be carried. He would only sit and rock back and forth. A year later he was greatly changed. He could match patches of fabric. Linen with linen, velveteen with velveteen, silk with silk. This was to leach his fingers to feel, so that he could learn Braille later. When tired of Ihe fabric patches, he'd take them back to the storage closet himself. And close the door. His vision will never improve. But his perception will. The idea is lo open his mind. For Joseph's tests show he is extremely bright, lie could grow up to be a great man. cording to local legend, was the inspiration for Muriel cigars. In her youth, she was a stunning beauty who resembled Ihe girl on Ihe Muriel cigar label. The cigar people have heard the story that Muriel's father ran the cigar concession at the old Willard Hotel and Ihal a cigar maker on a visit was so captivated by Muriel he named his favorite stogie for her. But the favored legend is that the Muriel cigar got its name from the daughter of a Lillle Rock, Ark., colonel. There is no reason to believe that Hoover's relationship with Muriel Geier was anything but platonic. His letters were personal but proper with affectionate endings. When she was preparing for a European tour, he offered lo arrange special treatment for her with the U.S. embassy in Paris. Later, he wrote thai he would send two FBI agents to escort her from New York City's Kennedy airport to the Waldorf. He hoped to see her in New York, he added. In another letter, he wrote that he was "sorry to hear" about her son's difficulties and offered to be of assistance. The son, Paul Geier, said Hoover had been a close friend and patient of his foster falher, Ihe late Dr. Fred Geier. Young Geier acknowledged that Hoover had written letters to his mother signed ' ' A f- fectionately" and "With Love" but insisted this was a routine complimentary close for gentlemen of Hoover's generation. Asked why letters were wrillen only lo Muriel even before Dr. Geier's dealh, Paul Geier explained lhat his mother had handled all the social correspondence. II o o v e r was born in Washington, youngest of three children, into the home of a career civil servant and christened John Edgar. His parents, Dickerson and Annie Hoover, were. God- fearing folk who taught, him the fundamentalism thai still dominates his philosophy. After his father died, Hoover brought his invalid mother into his home and for, years provided her with devoted care. Yet curiously, he contributed scarcely a cent to the care of his sister, Lillian Robinette, who also speni her last years as an invalid, lie left all the cost, and worry to her son Fred, then a lowly agent on the FBI payroll. When Fred's wife became pregnant, Fred went into debl to hire a nurse for his mother. An attorney, who loaned him $2,500^ told us Robinette had tried to borrow the money from Hoover but had been turned down. The neighbors in Lanham, Md., where Ihe Robineltes lived, also wondered why Lillian's famous brother didn'l help oul. Bui Fred, who quit the FBI in 1951 after staying long enough lo win his 10 - year pin, had no complaints. He told us that he neither sought nor expected financial help form his Uncle Edgar. For Hoover had carried the full financial burden of his own mother's care. II cannot be concluded that Hoover is lightfisted. On occasions, he has reached into his own pocket to help out FBI agents in need. His closest confidant and constant companion has been Clyde Tolson, long the No. 2 man al the FBI. At 70, Tolson unhappily isn't as durable as Hoover and is in failing health. Neighbors say the two men appear to take turns eating dinner at one another's homes. Tolson also used to accompany the FBI chief to La Jolla, Calif., each summer to attend the races at Del Mar and to get an annual physical check - .up. Their bills at the Hotel Del Charro were picked up by the late Clint Murchison, an oil millionaire. The Hoover image and the FBI have become so in- lerlwined that the public can no longer easily distinguish between the man and the agency. For most Americans, from Presidents to housewives, Hoover is the FBI. This wedding of iden- lilies has brought him enormous power which he has used to build a great law enforcemenl agency. But J. Edgar Hoover Is, after all, slill human. The lime has already passed when Ihe nalion should have paid Hoover his final measure of praise then, perhaps sadly, replaced him. When this day arrives, as ultimately it must, Hoover will have to give up his bulletproof Cadillac and his files with the intimate details about so many lives. But he will also leave the FBI wilh a reputation unmatched by any law enforcement agency in the world. But he will keep Ihe thing that has been most important to the FBI since the day in 1924 when Ihen - Attorney General .Harlan Stone told him to turn the Bureau into an effective crime - fighling force. That thing is Hoover's indomitable personality. The FBI will survive, no doubt. But with Hoover gone, it will never be quite the same again. Victor Riesel Nixon's deal with Whitney WASHINGTON - Richard Nixon does not believe the nation's black communities have excommunicated him — nor he, they. But first, as we say on TV's living color, this message. Or call it flashb-ick: II is 1:30 a.m. Tuesday,' Dec. 22. The set is the White House cabinet room. Across the cabinet table, the twain have met. The President is with many of his cabinet members and some of his advisers. Al the table is the often globetrotting, black leader, Whitney Young Jr., executive director of the National Urban League, a 60 - year - old organization with the know - how to weld white and black, industrialist and hard - core jobless, the men and women angered by the raucous frictions of teeming megalopolises. And all the time with the courage lo tell violence peddling militants, of any race, color or creed, lo go to hell. The cabinet room conference resulted from, a telephone call by Whitney Young lo John Ehrlichman, head of the President's domestic council. This call was put in some two weeks before the gathering. Ehrlichman listened to the Urban League chief saying that he wanted to see the President, and he wanted a mandate from Ihe President to the various department lo work wilh the professionalism of Young's League. This was a morning conversation — and Ehrlichman said, "that's quite an order." A few hours later Ihe White House returned the call and Ehrlichman said, "you've got yourself a meeting." Indeed it was. On the morning of Dec. 22, Young found the President with the secretaries of housing transportation, commerce, agriculture, "assistant president" George Shullz, Assislanl Secretary of Labor Art Fletcher, Under Secretary of Labor Laurence Silberman (the secretary was on his first few days off in a year of crises), the OEO's chief, Frank Carlucci, presidential consultant William Safire, and sundry others. Never have so many braintruslers been gathered by any President lo hear one man — especially not. a black man — in the memory of this columnist. Why? President Nixon wanted — and of course still does — direct communication between the government and the black communities Whitney Young did not come asking for money for his League. When we discussed the gathering, after he and Ihe President had left the 75 minute session and had spent 15 minutes alone in the Oval Room, Mr. Young put it this way: "Why now, you ask? The President and I discussed the fact that we had disagreed in the past and will in the future but we're not looking backward. We, all of us, have one hell of a problem. "There are those in society who will simply say about our problems and the heavy unemployed and the impatience of the young jobless and the resentment of returning black GIs finding it lough to get work, wait until the election of 1972. "Others are- saying the system is going to collapse anyway, so why bother. But that: type of thinking is a luxury 1 can't afford. I'm faced with the fact that millions of black people are jobless. They can't wait until '72. They can't wait for Ihe society to collapse. "That luxury I must leave to the romantic revolutionaries and my liberal friends who can indulge in the luxury of waiting." What they then — news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear the 25 years a«;o Jan. '>, I!) Hi The New Year would bring labor problems, first of which would be a nationwide .strike o! proximately 200, mill members ol the i lo I'n Packinghouse Workers of America on .Ian. Mi cordi'fig to union president, Lewis .1 dark. walkout wus aimed at obtaining a '£> <cnis an hour wage increase. The union would ae.ree lo the prolleieil 17 1 /) cents immediately if Ihe packing houses \\oiild agree to further negotiations lor the other '1\{, cents. With Iwo traffic fatalities in December. Hie total of deaths from molorvehicle. accidents within i In- city in 1940 totaled 10, the erealesl number since 1937. There were ;>'i\ traffic mishaps in l!Mii of which 150 were injured, 47 ol whom were pedestrians. Tin-re W<-re only !t lalalilles in IIM'I. Only two minor Irallic accidents marred the record of quietness on Now Year's eve for .Alton Police \\IIOM- blollci slioued only "Happy New Year". Mrs Hairy l.uihleke had been appointed house .'•ee|rl;u'\ of Ihe .''Cl'\ Ire 'Men's Center, \\llcre she had spent many volunteer hours as hosless s nee its oiM-niiif, in September of III II Mrs. ,\ H. llolloul ol Kuigliam, visiting here v.ilh h'-r daughter Mrs. Kui'.ene Moore, was a laxiili'i'imst. ami had made coals of l>ch>ian tied Kabbil pelts for her daughter and grandchildren. Her husband was a lormer Mlon contractor. Civic Memorial Airport site was e.ivcn a lid day renewal ol option on a tract of land owned by Miss Julia Kennedy. The tract included Ihc driveway and hani'.ar space on Ihe 12(1 acres -'eares! : : :c Wood liner Belhalto road. Miss Helen Campbell, former secretary at First Presbyterian Church office, had been appointed a reporter in the office of Secretary of State, Washington, D. C. and would go abroad with the Xni-Jo - American Committee of Inquiry. The committee would spend four months in England, Germany, Er.ypt and Palestine. 50 years ago Jau. 2, 1921 'Hie United States Senate overrode President Wilson's veto of a bill to revive the War Finance Corp., vliich carried facilities for supporting farm produce prices. The House was expected lo i'oliow suit. The President, in his veto message, had asserted that no direct advances to farmers could be made under the War Finance; Corp. plan, and that passage of the bill could well raise false hopes among producers. Senator Borah's resolution providing for reduction of naval forces by the United States, Great Britain, and France was being considered by the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee. Theodore von Bethmau llollweg, former chancellor whose "scrap of paper" reference to the Germany Belgium treaty at launching of the World War had been immortali/.ed, died near Berlin. Mayor W. M. Sauvage launched Ihe new year with instructiors'to the police for strict enforcement of the Illinois search and sei/ure act, designed to back up national prohibition regulations. He also stressed continued enforcement of other anti • crime laws, instructing the police to shoot burglars and thieves if necessary, but to avoid it where possible. Candidates for mayor in the spring election were discussing aproposal for a conference at which issues of the campaign would be talked over in advance, and methods of approach to the election would be settled upon. A woman in a party of 16 walking across the railroad bridge to Alton on their return from a family silver wedding party in Wesl Allon suffered a fatal heart attack. The attending physician opined the attack was from the undue exercise after heavy feasting. Use of the bridge was necessitated because the ferry was not in service al the late hour of the night. Final approval was given plans for the St. Joseph's Hospital addition by the head of the nursing order.

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