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Inside* EDITORIAL PAGE 4 SOCIAL PAGE 8 SPORTS PAGE 11 COMICS PAGE 13 TELEVISION .... PAGE 14 CLASSIFIED PAGE 15 OBITUARY PAGE 18 E Serving the Alton Community for More Than 127 Year* SHOWERS SUNDAY Low 60, High 80 (Complete Weather, Page 2) Established January 15,1836. Vol. CXXVIII, No. 118 ALTON, ILL., SATURDAY, JUNE 1,1963 18 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press, False IDs Got 2 GIs Drinks EDWARDSVILLE—A charge of selling liquor to minors filed May 11 against the licensee of Club Flame near Edwardsville was dismissed following admissions late Friday by two underage servicemen — after they had been granted immunity from criminal prosecution — that they had falsified their ages to gain admission and obtain drinks at the night club. The two 20-year-old servicemen, stationed at the U.S. Nike missile base near Marine, had. admitted In signed statements — taken after they had been rounded up in a check of the place for teenagers by sheriff's deputies the night of May 10 — that they had been served alcoholic beverages. When called as witnesses late Friday afternoon for' the trial of Mrs. Hester Yates, licensee of Club Flame, on the charge of illegal sale of liquor to minors, the two servicemen invoked the Fifth Amendment frequently upon interrogation by Assistant State's Attorney Merle Bassett as to whether they had falsified their ages' and been served alcoholic beverages at Club Flame the night of May 10. The two servicemen were the principal prosecution witnesses in the case. After being assured by Bassett of immunity from criminal prosecution on any incriminating testimony — and following a conference with an army officer from their base — the two soldiers readily admitted they had presented false identification cards to Mrs. Yates as they entered the night club, attired in civilian clothes. The false ID cards, the two witnesses related when recalled to the stand in trail of the case before Justice of the Peace Earl Vuagniaux, were thrown away before they were taken to the sheriff's office for questioning the night of the raid. Both servicemen then admitted having been served alcoholic beverages from the bar. Mrs. Yates, represented by Atty. Edgar Kelly as defense counsel, testified during the trial that she had personally checked identification cards of patrons- including the two servicemen in civilian attire. Only three underage persons, to her knowledge, were admitted to the place thai evening — three young women who were seated near the dooi and served only non-alcoholic drinks, Mrs. Yates testified. The proprietress said she had been careful in checking identification of patrons since the night club opened late in April. Justice 'Not Guilty' of the Peace Vuag- niaux, after the two servicemen admitted presenting false identification cards to gain entry and obtain drinks, announced dismissal of the case. "I find her not guilty because of the false identification cards. . . It is apparent she was taking all precautions to insure that patrons were of legal age and these two (the servicemen) were close enough to that age that she would be unable to determine they were under 21," Vuagniaux commented. A hearing previously had been scheduled, but continued, before the county liquor commission for revocation of Mrs. Yates' county liquor license, based on the evidence furnished by the sheriff's office from the raid. Judge in Tallahassee Rules for Picketing TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Tallahassee Negroes have won court protection for regulated picketing of the city's white movie theaters in what their attorney called a sweeping court victory over segregation. As a result, the delighted Negroes called off a scheduled 12th mass demonstration before the city's two white theaters. Instead, they met Friday on the campus of Florida A&M University, a Negro Judge Halts StrikeAgainst 2 Railroads CHICAGO (AP)—The Brotherhood of Railway Clerks struck two Chicago area freight and terminal railroads today. About six hours after the walkout over work rules, Judge Julius Hoffman of U.S. District Court issued an order directing the union to end the strike pending a court hearing. The sudden walkout against the Belt Railway of Chicago and the Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad Co., temporarily disrupted some service at the Dearborn Street Station, which is operated by the C&WI and used by six other passenger lines. Station officials said ticket clerks of all railroads using the terminal walked out after picket lines were set up at the terminal and other locations of the two railroads involved. The officials said supervisory employed took over ticket sales and all passenger trains departed on schedule. Passenger lines using the Dearborn Station include the Santa Fe,, Chicago & Eastern Illinois, Erie, Grand Trunk, Monon and the Wabash. A union source said about 5,000 clerks were involved in the walkout but a spokesman for the railroads said he bejieved the number was less than 1,000. Claims Mexican Socialist Gains MEXICO CITY (AP)—Mexico's Spcialist leader says his party has taken "the first firm step toward forming a great Marxist-Leninist party in our country" by merging with the Worker-Farmer party. Vicente Lombardo Toledano announced Friday that his Popular Socialist party had worked out final details for absorbing the Worker-Farmer party. The next step, he said, would be to invite the 'Mexican Communist party to join and make his Socialists "the only party of the labor class." school, where they mapped plans for a lawsuit opening the theaters to all. Earlier demonstrations resulted in the arrests of more than 200 Negroes. Other plans included continuous picketing of the two theaters today and Sunday. During the picketing, Negro students planned to try to buy tickets, but Negro leaders said they would leave peacefully if refused. In addition, they prepared to file damage suits against the Florida and State theaters for what they called indignities growing out of their arrest as a result of the restraining order obtained by theater manager Les Pendleton. Circuit Court Judge Ben C. Willis modified a Thursday restraining order which forbade the Negroes to picket, demonstrate, block the doors and sidewalk, or otherwise interfere with the white theaters. In his modified order Friday, he forbade Negroes to enter the movies without permission from the management'and limited pickets to 18 at the Florida, where the sidewalk is wide, and to 10 at the State, where the sidewalk is narrow. He announced his decision after conference with attorneys representing both sides. Tobias Simon, an attorney for the Negroes, said of the decision: "We have achieved a great and sweeping victory, a tremendous victory. This is the first and only time in a Southern state that the right of a Negro to picket a white establishment has been recognized." CLUBBED DOWN, DRAGGED AWAY JACKSON, Miss.—Atlanta NAACP racial demonstrations here. At bottom, official Willie Ludden Jr., 26, is shown police are shown dragging Ludden away being clubbed by Jackson police Friday to jail.—(AP Wirephoto) after he reportedly resisted arrest in New Demonstrations In Jackson Urged 'Foreign 9 Troops Launch Attack in South Viet Nam VIENTIANE, Laos (AP)-For- eigti troops spearheaded another fierce Pathet Lao attack against neutralists near the Plaine des Jarres today, neutralist Premier Souvanna Phouma's office charged. A communique said pro-Communist Pathet Lao forces had lobbed more than 1,000 shells on neutralist positions since hostilities resumed Friday. Troops identified only as "foreign elements" but believed to be North Vietnamese led the attack 'while the Pathet Lao and dissident neutralists are in the rear lines." the communique said. DATA AT THE DAM Su.m. temperature Yesterday's today 67°. high 79°. low 61°. River stage below Precipitation dam at 8 a.m. 24 hrs. to 8 a.m. 8.8. Pool 23.3. None. By BEN THOMAS JACKSON, Miss. (AP)—An integration leader called for renewed demonstrations in Jackson today after more than 400 marching Ne;roes—many of them teen-agers- were arrested and taken to temporary detention centers. The final arrest figure: 327 juveniles, 94 adults. The group, ranging in years from 12 to 29, was charged with parading with out a permit. Mayor Allen Thompson again rejected a Negro request for a biracial meeting. Conditions were too tense, he said. Medgar Evers, state field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, urged continuance of the civil disobedience campaign. Evers, who appeared at a mass night rally, later declined to say what form weekend protests would take. Book Prisoners It took police more than five hours to process prisoners Friday after the first major demonstration in the Negros' civil rights struggle here. Hours later, police began re- easing those under 18 in their parents' custody. Roy T. Wilkins of New York executive secretary of the NAACP arrived for a speech soon after the arrests were made. He complained about the "Nazi- type tactics" used by police and the temporary detention centers- hog wire stretched around exhibition halls on the state fair grounds. "This is pure nazism and Hitlerism," Wilkins said. "The only thing missing is the ovens." Nearly 500 Negroes had gathered Friday in the Parish Street Baptist Church, about six blocks from the heart of Jackson. Willie Ludden, 26, of Atlanta, Ga., an executive of the NAACP, led the first wave out of the church. Clubbed Down The Negroes ignored police orders to disperse and continued to Racial Strife Continues in British Guiana GEORGETWON, British Guiana (AP)—A wild mob swooped down on East Indians and beat them up today as racial violence continued in this British territory on the northern coast of South America. Negro leader Forbes Burnham condemned the crowd, saying, "Even if violence were justifiable and it can never be, there is no excuse for venting it on persons because of their racial identity. Everyone, regardless of his political affiliation or ethnic origin must feel safe." British Guiana's 575,000 population is almost evenly split between Negroes and persons of East Indiana descent. Eight persons were in serious condition at the hospital today with injuries received in distub- ances at a political funeral Friday. It was this fight which touched off the night-long riot. Prime Minister Cheddi Jagan, an East Indiana, and his Chicago- born white wife were roughed up by the crowd at the burial ol Claude Christian, minister of home affairs, Report Burglars Stole Watchdog BALTIMORE, Md. (AP)-A paper company reported that thieves entered the plant during the Memorial Day holiday. The only thing missing was a German Shepherd watch dog. majch toward a double file of policemen. Ludden was clubbed to the ground when he jabbed an arresting officer in an attempt to break him away from him. About 60 Negroes were arrested at Brinkley High School while marching to join those at the church. Ludden was charged with assault and resisting arrest. All others were booked for parading without a permit. Meanwhile, City Judge James Spencer convicted a 26-year-old white man, Bennie Oliver, a former Jackson policeman, of assault and battery on Negro student Memphis Norman, Norman, 21, a junior at Tougaloo College, took part in a lunch counter sit-in last Tuesday. Oliver got a $100 fine and a 30- day jail term. Fourteen other persons were convicted on other charges growing out of racial demonstrations. All got $500 fines and six months in jail. Pope Again in Coma, Resistance Astonishing New Photos Of Thresher To Be Made WASHINGTON (AP)—The Navy said today that wreckage which it previously believed as that of the sunken Thresher now cannot be "defnitely identified" as that of the lost ship. An announcement said that a "thorough analysis" of pictures taken by underwater cameras on Thursday "failed to confirm" the belief that they showed the sunken Thresher, down in 8,400 feet of water, 220 miles east of Cape bd. The pictures were taken by the research vessel Conrad. Friday the Navy said the photographs appeared to show the sail, one of the diving planes and the hull of the Thresher, with a rupture in the hull. "The photographs taken by the Conrad," the Navy said, "were rushed to Washington by air last night and subjected to exhaustive examination by Navy experts. Although some objects in the pictures remain unidentified, none could be identified as being of any part of the Thresher. "The Navy task group conducting the search is continuing efforts to locate the Thresher" hulk. "The research ship Gillis will arrive in the area of prime interest, some 220 miles east of Boston, and will commence taking bottom photographs with a closed circuit television camera specially developed for deep submergence operations." The pictures taken by the Conrad were before a Navy Court of Inquiry in Portsmouth, N.H., today. It has been seeking answers to the disaster which claimed 129 lives. Capt. Frank A. Andrews, who has directed the search for the Thresher since she went down April 10, said the underwater pictures appear to indicate the submarine is in one piece but badly split at one point. The Thresher's fatal dive was made in 8,400 feet of water some 220 miles off Boston. The accident occurred during a deep test dive following overhaul at the Portsmouth Navy Shipyard. The pictures were made by a crew from the research vessel Robert D. Conrad which returned to Boston Friday with the photographs. Efforts to make further pictures of the hull will be made by ths bathyscaphe Trieste, the Navy said Papers Can Censor Letters to Editor BOSTON, June 1 (AP) — The Massachusetts Supreme Court decided yesterday that a Winchester newspaper does not have to publish letters to the editor that are sharply critical of President John F. Kennedy, his family and other public persons. The court made its ruling on a suit brought by Herbert Lord, Winchester attorney, against Richard A. Hakanson, publisher of the Winchester Star, and Paul Sullivan, former editor of the weekly. Lord brought the suit seeking a court order to compel the newspaper to publish his letters without editing or de- .leting names. TODAY'S CHUCKLE "Stand behind your lover, you false woman," the Scotch husband yelled in anger. "I'm going to shoot you both." (© 1963, General Features Corp.) Policeman Promoted Cpl. Art Pitts Now Sergeant Arthur A. Pitts, a member of the Alton police department for 11 years, was promoted to sergeant effective today. Pitts, 32, topped the list of seven corporals who took the recent Civil Service promotion examination. Police Chief John Heafner said he named Pitts for promotion when Pitts led the list of three candidates certified to him by the Civil Service Commission. Pitts is the first Negro ever to hold the rank of sergeant in the Alton police department. He is believed to be the first Negro ever to advance above the rank of patrolman. Heafner said he planned no immediate changes in Pitts' assignment, but said there might be some changes later. Pitts das been assigned to traffic duty. He is a graduate of the Traffic Law Enforcement Session at Northwestern University, a three-week course he completed SGT. PITTS in 1961. Pitts joined the department in 1952, became a regular patrolman in 1953, and was promoted to corporal in February, 1962. Alton Taxes Paid Exceed $3 Million Tax payments topped the $3,000,000 mark this morning, a goal set by City Treasurer M. O, Elliott for "a good collection." "I don't know yet if we'll top last year's record of $3,217,000,' Elliott said. "We'll have to wai and see what the weekend mai brings." The collection period ended officially at noon today, but Elliott said he will accept all payments mailed during the weekend. Except for the mail returns, all personal property taxes and the first installment of real estate taxes become deliquent today. Elliott reported a busy day Friday, and his office remained open until 8 p.m. to take care of last minute taxpayers. Another rush was reported this morning before the office closed at noon. Anti-Castro Group Shifts Offensive MIAMI, Fla. (AP)-A shift from hi-and-run raids to action inside -uba was announced today by five allied anti-Castro bands. The "big five" revolutionaries, who struck against militia barracks at Tarara near Havana two iveeks ago, promised further action soon. The activist groups—Second National Front of Escambray, Alpha 66, people's Revolutionary Move- merit, 30th of November Revolutionary Movement and Anti-Communist Liberation Front—declared they will "concentrate people in different places of Cuba." In addition, they said, "We will infiltrate Fidel Castro's armed forces." But no more attacks on foreign vessels, they declared. It was an attack on the Soviet vessel Baku in March that brought a U.S. clampdown on hit-and-run at locks. Will Seek NewLaws on Integration By LOUIS G. PANOS WASHINGTON (AP) — The Kennedy administration is expect ed to ask Congress next week for new legislation to speed descgre gation of schools and public ac commodations. The two-bill package, couplec with voluntary removal of racia barriers by some southern businessmen, is designed to ease the nation's integration crisis. Prime consideration, it was learned, is being given to a public accommodations bill that would prohibit racial discrimination by businesses involved in interstate commerce. The hope is that such a measure may alleviate tensions aris- .ng from sit-in demonstrations at department store lunch counters. Small restaurants which do not :eceive food or goods from other states presumably would not be affected. However, virtually all do. The school legislation reported under consideration would be designed to implement the 1955 Supreme Court order that public schools be desegregated with "all deliberate speed." The bill would leave the door open for local officials to set up specific timetables to effect desegregation under the guidance of ederal authorities. Where this is not done, federal authorities would be empowered to set a timetable on their own, subject to court review. Should :ocal officials refuse to meet it [hey would face federal prosecu- :ion. Congressional sources said Friday Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy l present the new legislation Thursday in a public hearing be- bre the House Judiciary Commit- :ee. But administration sources said such timing is not definite and it s understood no decision has been made on whether the school and iublic accommodations proposals should be presented to Congress )y the attorney general or in a ipecial presidential message. Pontiff Could Die Any Minute VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope John XXIII regained consciousness briefly today for a second ime and (hen sank back into coma under the darkening shadow of death. As the pontiff hoveretJ, his stur- ly heart put up an astonishing 'esistance. Almost four hours after the Vat- can radio had announced the 'ope could "die at any moment," e recovered consciousness for the second time today. An hour later he Vatican said he slipped once igain into unconsciousness. "I doubt if he can live until this evening," one of his doctors said earlier in the day, but at 3:40 a.m., the pontiff was lucid enough o bless those at his bedside and dedicate his life to his goals for :he church and the world. Trie 81-year-old pontiff first lost consciousness Friday night at o'clock. Early this morning ie regained his senses, then apsed back into the coma shortly liter 8 a.m. Only a Miracle "Short of a miracle, he could be expected to die at any moment," he Vatican radio said just after noon imploring the world's half )illion Roman Catholics to pray for theii supreme spiritual ruler. Doctors said such ups and downs were not unusual for persons gravely ill with peritonitis. The dread infection struck the Popn during his struggle with a stomach tumor which had caused heavy hemorrhaging. Peritonitis is an inflamation of tissue. As be had beerrin his previous return to consciousness, the pontiff was reported serene once again. And once again, the Vatican said, he blessed those present in the room. He offered his life for the church, for his Ecumenical Council in which he strove for Christian unity, and for world peace, A monsignor, the Rt. Rev. Oddone Tacoli, who saw the pontiff while he was conscious early in the day, said he told him, "Holy father, you seem revived." He said the Pope replied, "I lave been able to follow my death step by step. Now I am going sweetly toward the end." Few had expected the Pope ivould live into the new day. Minute by minute, then hour by hour, he bulletins from the Vatican radio and press office had prepared he waiting Roman Catholic world or the news of his death. Ferdinando Cardinal Cento, who 'ecited prayers for the dying at he pontiff's bedside Friday, said he heard Pope John murmer hen, "I wish to be taken away, ,o I can be with Christ." Doubts . . . The pontiff's heart amazed his doctors, but one of them, Piero Vlazxoni, said "I doubt if he can ive until this evening." The Pope was breathing regu- arly, but slowly and with difficulty. His temper: i ture rose to 00.4 degrees, the Vatican said. 3ut bis stout heart still bent regularly. Pope John passed the night on he threshold of death wilh his birihers and a sister at his bod- ,ide. The Vatican radio told of the 'ope's confrontation with death: 'He said more than once, 'We are uffering but suffering with ove.' " Many times during his early morning consciousness, the radio aid, the Pope "repeated the invocation, 'Jesus, Jesus.' " Lawyers of County To Debate Proposed Constitution Changes Madison County Bar Assn. will debate three proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution at a meeting in the County Courthouse at Edwardsville June 26. Donald Rikkli of Highland, spokesman for the judiciary committee of the county bar association, said the committee this week adopted a resolution calling for a full membership meeting to discuss the proposed changes. The general meeting was called by Dick Mudge, president of the county bar association. The pro- posed changes in the Constitution have been approved in 16 states so far. Illinois has approved one of the three, that dealing with amending the amending process of the Constitution. Meanwhile, Rikkli said, all members of the County Bar Association will be supplied with full information on the three proposed amendments aimed at curtailing powers of the federal government. Fuil debate on the amendments is anticipated at the general meeting ot the county bar group. Mudge, Madison County State's attorney and president of the Couniy Bar Association, also is expected to request the president of the State Bar Association to place the proposed amendments on the agenda for discussion at the hitter's annual meeting June J9-21 at Aurora, Rikkli reported. The. three proposed amendments would make it possible for the stales to offer and ratify constitutional amendments completely "on their own," wipe out fed- oral jurisdiction over apportionment of seats in state legislatures, and make it possible for certain decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court to be overruled by a states- controlled "Court of the Union" or Super-Supreme Court com- prisud of top Supreme Court Justices of the 50 states. Riltkle said there was division within the judiciary commttee of the county bar group but members were in accord that the matters should be presented fully to the entire membersliip of the county association before any formal action or recommendation is made.

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