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Inside: EDITORIAL PAGE 4 SOCIAL PAGE 18 COMICS PAGE 22 TELEVISION PAGE 33 SPORTS ...... PAGE 34 CLASSIFIED PAGE 38 OBITUARY PAGE 36 MARKETS PAGE 36 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 127 Years CLOUDY FRIDAY Low 77, High 95 (Complete Weather, Page 3), Established January 15, 1836. Vol. CXXVIH, No. 128 ALTON, ILL., THURSDAY, JUNE 13,1963 40 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press. NEW PL ANT SITE FROM AIR Triangular plot of ground (outlined) north of Illinois Power Co. plant on the river, where it is expected Air Reduction Co. will erect a plant costing an esti- mated $9 million. The land is owned by Illinois Power, and adjoins Alton's sewer disposal plant now under construction.—Telegraph Aerial Photo Million Plant Will Be Built by Late '64 Site Within School Area Of Alton The new $9,000,000 air reduction plant to be constructed soon near Wood River Creek on Illinois Power Co. land will be within East Alton city limits but also within the Alton school district. It is expected to add considerably to the tax base of both taxing agencies. The plant, expected to be completed by late 1964, will be constructed on land leased from the power company. Construction of the plant, which will produce 435 tons of industrial gas daily, was confirmed by the Air Reduction Sales Co. in New York late Wednesday after it had been announced in the Tele-' graph. The plant will employ about 25 persons when it is completed. The company will lease about 15 acres from the power company and its physical plant will cover about four acres. Company officials were meeting in New York today to decide on a general con. tractor for construction of the plant. 60 For Cent Equipment A company spokesman said "roughly 40 per cent" of the $9,000,000 cost will go toward construction of the plant. The remainder will be used for purchase and installation of machinery and equipment. The total cost of the plant will include laying a mile- long oxygen pipeline. The physical plant will include four major buildings, with a 75- foot coal box the highest structure in the complex. Oxygen and nitrogen storage spheres will each be able to store 75 million standard cubic feet of gas. They will flank a smaller argon storage sphere, which will hold 5 million standard cubic feet. Oxygen produced at the plant will be used by the Laclede Steel Co. mills in Alton, and nitrogen will be used by McDonnell Aircraft Corp. in St. Louis. A mile- long oxygen pipeline will be installed from the plant to Laclede, The company presently operates a small gas production plant on E. Broadway, primarily to produce oxygen for Laclede. Plans call for the present plant to be shut down eventually. Designed to Expand A spokesman for the company said the plant was "engineered for easy expansion," indicating that further plans are being considered. Robert E. Lenhard, company president, said the oxygen will be used by Laclede to enrich the atmosphere of its steel producing furnaces. A portion of the plants nitrogen, he said, will be used by McDonnell in its new space simulator facility now under construction at its St. Louis plant. GAS PRODUCTION PLANT Gas production plant to be constructed near Wood River Creek shortly is shown in this artist's conception. Tallest structure in rear is 72-foot tall coal box. Larger spheres in foreground will each hold 75 million standard cubic feet of gas. Smaller sphere between them will store 5 million standard cubic feet. (Additional photo Page 2). Seeking Support Kennedy Confers on Civil Rights By FRANK CORMIER WASHINGTON (AP)—President Kennedy called former President Harry Truman, 12 congressional chiefs of both parties and about 200 labor leaders to the White House today for separate discussions of civil rights matters. Both Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate and House were invited to the meeting. The conference, to consider the administration's forthcoming civil rights message to Congress, followed earlier separate sessions with the Democratic and GOP chiefs. Andrew T. Hatcher, acting White House press secretary, said that Truman, in town for a dinner tonight, and would see Kennedy late today. Another former president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, conferred Wednesday with Kennedy. The White House said they discussed the administration's forthcoming special message to Congress on civil rights legislation, and also civil rights in general. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson sat in on the 70-minute session. Hatcher listed these participants in the bipartisan congressional meeting today. Vice Presideii. Johnson; Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield of Montana; Sen. Hubert Humphrey, D-Minn,; Sen. George Smathers, D-Fla.; Senate Rppub- lican Leader Everett M. Dirksen of Illinois; Sen. Bourke B. Hicken- looper, R-Iowa. House Speaker John W. McCormack, D-Mass.; Rep, Carl Albert, D-Okla.; Rep. Hale Boggs, D-La.; House Republican Leader Charles A. Halleck of Indiana; Rep. Leslie Avoids, R-I11., and Rep. Gerald R. Ford, R-Mich, Representatives of organized labor were summoned for a conference in the East Room of the White House—the locale for a similar meeting last week between Kennedy and 100 businessmen. The President told the labor leaders in advance that he wanted to discuss "difficulties experienced by minority groups in many of our cities in securing employment." He said this was a problem that "merits serious and immediate attention." Council Moves Toward Condemning Water Co. City Council In Brief Following Is a summary of action in the Alton City Council Wednesday. Full stories of the summaries are carried elsewhere In the Telegraph. The Council took a step toward the city's purchase of the Alton Water Co. by voting 8-6 to seek Illinois Commerce Commission permission to condemn the property. Voted 11-3 to continue tax support of Alton Municipal Band; first concert will be held tonight, 8 o'clock, in Riverview Park. Blacktop resurfacing of 3. 12th Street between Alby and Liberty Streets was added to this year's street improvement program. Adopted a resolution recommending that a library building under construction at SIU's Edwardsville campus be named for Dr. Harold W. See. Authorized lease of the old IT railroad station to Junior Service League. Deferred purchase of a street sweeper so further study of the project could be made. A planned appearance of Alton-Wood River Area Federation of Labor representatives speaking in favor of Urban Renewal was canceled after it was announced earlier that the Council would devote little time to the program last night. Many additional proposals which would increase appropriations for the 1963 fiscal year, adding a total of $4,420. Awarded a contract for $1,618 to Central Electric Co. for a rewiring job in City __ Bids totaling $23,000 were accepted for materials used in maintenance of city streets. Also started action in regard to a drainage pool at Elm and Church Streets; on better lighting for Rock Spring Drive north of Brown Street; elimination of a hair-pin curve in the 1400-1500 blocks of Maupin Avenue; stop signs at Walker and Chamberlain Streets; and stop sign at southeast corner of Lampert and Glass Streets. House Meets Tonight to Clear Jam SPRINGFIELD, III. (AP) — A light session will be held in the llinois House tonight in an at- empt to whittle down a legisla- ive calendar jammed with hun- reds of pending bills. The f a s t e r-moving Senate cheduled a lengthy meeting to- ay to work on bills in prel ! ;ni- iary stages. Senate officers have said no light meetings will be necessary n the upper chamber before the egislature closes its six month iession by June 30. TODAY'S CHUCKLE All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with a tremendous urge to become otherwise. (© 1863, General Features Corp.) MURDER WEAPON JACKSON, Miss. — Jackson police Capt. Ralph Hargrove, chief of identification bureau, examines .30 caliber rifle which police say was used to kill Medgar Evers. Weapon was found in weeds near Evers' home.—(AP Wirephoto) Evers Slaying Probe Widens JACKSON, Miss. (AP)—As tension mounted in this troubled Southern city, police and federal agents continued a massive search today for the assassin of Negro leader Medgar W. Evers. "We have some good leads,' said Chief of Detectives M.B Pierce. Meanwhile, the widow of th slain man — her voice trembling with emotion — called on Negroes to continue their bai racial discrimination. Evers was gunned down in his driveway early Wednesday. There were fears that the am- )ush slaying would touch off fresh •acial strife in this Mississippi capital city of 145,000. Meanwhile at the University of Mississippi 200 miles north of ackson, at least one soldier—a 45 caliber gun strapped to his vaist—was seen outside the dor- nitory housing two Negro stu- ents several times Wednesday light. The soldier appeared to be on guard, observers said, although Army withdrew its forces rom the campus two days ago nd insists no men were at Baxer Hall, where James Meredith nd Cleve McDowell live, Wednes- ay night. There were no soldiers observed oday at Baxter Hall or elsewhere n campus. The Army pulled troops off ampus two days ago. They remain in a tent adjoining the uni- ersity and will stay there indef- nitely. Meredith, enrolled at Ole Miss ast fall under federal court or- ers as the university's first •mown Negro student, called for a "general boycott of everything possible for all Negroes" in Mis- lissippi. Meredith, who described Evers as "one of my best and most be oved friends," was deeply hocked by the murder of the \AACP executive. Evers, 37, had been Mississippi field secretary for the Nationa Association for the Advancemen of Colored People for the pas nine years. Thirteen ministers and a church layman who gathered downtown for a "mourning march" Wednes day were arrested by police. Thej. were later released withoul charge. Late Wednesday night, a police car was hit by several soft drink bottles as it drove through the campus of Jackson State (Negro) College. Police Capt. Cecil Hathaway said the bottles had apparently been hurled from the top of a five-story men's dormitory. Aided by the discovery of the murder weapon—a 30.06 Enfiel'J ifle — police pressed their hunt Severe Weather Warning for Area CHICAGO (£>) — The U.S. Weather Bureau this afternoon eported that a severe thunder- itorm was observed about 15 miles north of Jerseyville at 2 p.m. "Indications are this storm is moving in a southeast direction. People in the Illinois area of Jreene, Jersey, Madison, Ma- oupin, Bond, Clinton and the eastern portion of St. Clair County are cautioned to be on he alert during the next two to hree hours and to take precautions that seem advisable," t added. Mayor Day to Ask Approval of ICC By SEBASTIAN FILIPPONE Telegraph Staff Writer Alton took a step toward acquisition of the Alton Water Co. when the City Council Wednesday night authorized the mayor to seek Illinois Commerce Commission approval to condemn the water company. J. F. Schlafly Jr., legal counsel for sewer and water activities of the city, estimated an an- inal saving of about $250,000 under city ownership of the water iirm. Schlafly's firm is special consultant for the city in water and sewer programs. Acquisition of the water company would be financed through revenue bonds, Schlafly said. Cost of acquisition or its effect on individual water bills could not determined yet, he said, but the ICC fixed a fair value of $4,650,000 for the company in February. Schlafly told the aldermen that seeking ICC approval for condemnation does not commit the city to ultimate purchase. If the price set by a court and jury is considered too high, he said, the city can drop the action. The resolution directing the mayor to seek ICC approval was adopted by an 8-6 vote. Objections centered on the be- lef the Council should have more information on costs and other up- to-date knowledge before it authorized the mayor to seek condemnation approval. •Cart Before Horse' J. W. Hoefert, corporation counsel, described the Council action as "putting the cart before the horse." He recommended the Council obtain figures of cost of the Alton water firm and other operating water companies throughout the midwest. Contend Less Expensive The operating companies pay the service company for these services. Attorneys have contended in water rate cases before the ICC that the Alton firm could obtain accounting and engineering services at less expense than that provided by the company- owned service company. Schlafly said purchase has been discussed with water company officials three times, in 1957, 1958 and 1960. Each time, he said, the city had been told the company is not for sale. Meanwhile, he said, the water company has obtained three rate increases during the past 11 years. Rates are now 232 per cent of what they were in 1952, he said. He said 95 per cent of water operations in Illinois are municipally owned, and "Edwardsville is pleased with its recent acquisition of the water company. Schlafly was asked by the sewer and water works committee to present his report to the Council. He met with members of the committee prior to the Council meeting to explain the background of city intentions toward acquisition. Schlafly has also represented a group of water users objecting to water rate increases acquisition, cost of operation and maintenance, condition of the plant, and other information before adopting such a resolution. "By passing this," he said, "the Council says 'We want to buy. I don't think the Council is ready to do that yet. A feasibility study should be made and the Council should be informed on these matters before acting." He said a feasibility study made in 1961 by a Chicago engineering firm had DATA AT THE DAM a.m. temperature Yesterday's oday 72°. high 85°. low 59". River stage below Precipitation dam at 8 a.m. 2-1 hrs. to 8 a.m. .7. Pool 23.2 None. Can't Buy Telegraph The Old Eyeshade Is Barrier By GEORGE LKIGIITY Telegraph Staff Writer It was decided today that the news office green eyeshade coukj not possibly be included in any sale of the Alton Evening Telegraph to the City of Alton. The decision grew out of a suggestion made to Alton aldermen Wednesday night that the city acquire the newspaper "to give our people a free press and replace the one we now have." Withholding of our green eyeshade, the present owners calculated, would nip in the bud any possible understanding on which a sale might be based. The eyeshade, it was pointed out, was brought to the Telegraph back in the 1890's by the late T. W. Norton, then editor. It took years for it to sag into a rakish curve, and years more for it to take on an authoritative flair. If it goes anyplace, it will be to the Madison County Historical Society, it was decided. It was held by the present owners that nobody, not even a municipal organization, could manage to put out a newspaper with a brand new eyeshade. What reporter, for example, would leap if he had to be screamed-at by a city editor wearing a green eyeshade without scratches, ink blotches, frazzled edges and a greasy hemp headband? How About Tills? Since withholding of the eyeshade as a factor in any possible negotiations is regarded as a com- plete kabosh, the newspaper suggests as an alternative that t h e supporters of the newspaper-purchase plan push the city into buying up billboards, That way, anybody with a yen to be an editor could be given a billboard to edit. Shortages of billboards, which might develop during vacation periods when people have time on their hands, could be overcome by rotating the boards. The city might develop a penalty system for those who show a tendency to delete phrases from letters-to-the-editor by shunting the violators off to billboards that are partially obscured by hills or trees. The major drawback to this sort of city-ownership, however, would turn out to be in the sphere of re- sponsibility. Horsewhipped Back in the 1920's the editor of the Clapboard County Enterprise in Tennessee was horsewhipped on the courthouse steps because he cleared his throat after drinking a shot of Old Albatross Whiskey. The distiller construed this to be a criticism, an indication that the liquor was lacking in smoothness. City-ownership would palpably deprive the citizens of a free and reasonable opportunity for a horsewhipping, what with 14 aldermen and a mayor being at the root of things. And, anyway, if the city wants to get a tight grip on the public's mind, it would do better to buy Southern Illinois University. never been presented to any City Council. The study, which recom mended acquisition, was filed with he city clerk and is still in that office, he said. Alderman William H. Warren, chairman of the sewer and waterworks committee, said most of the councilmen had become familiar vith the situation during the 5 or years the proposition has been considered, and most of the resi- lents of Alton favor acquisition. He said further information could >e obtained while the request for approval is before the ICC, thus saving time when the city does lecide to act. Outlines Procedure Schlafly estimated condemnation procedures would take "six months to a year" after action vith the firm for purchase would the first step, and condemnation would follow only if no agree- nent could be reached. The city could change its mind at any time in the proceedings nd withdraw its request for ap- iroval to condemn, he said. Schlafly said savings through city ownership would come from elimination of income taxes, which amounted to $132,000 for the company last year, state franchise and capital stock taxes and rate case expenses which are passed on to customers. And eliminated, he said, would be a rate of return "between 6 and 17 per cent" which has gone to stockholders. Schlafly said his estimate of savings of $250,000 annually in operation of the water company did not include elimination of local taxes. He said the city would continue to make payments in lieu of taxes to various local taxing agencies, such as the school district, and make payments on all other local taxes now paid by the water company. He described the present operation of the company as "a vast holding company setup," in which other subsidiaries make charges to' the Alton firm. He said the 1961 feasibility study showed the water svorks could be operated much more economically than it is under the present osvnership. Schlafly did not explain his reference to charges by other subsidiaries, but he apparently referred to service companies which perform accounting and engineering services for ihe Alton firm. The service company is owned by the same company which owns in hearings before the ICC. Southern Bloc Draws Battle Lines WASHINGTON (AP)-Southern senators are girding for an all out fight against President Kennedy's civil rights measures, particularly a bill their chief spokesman denounced as "a step toward statism." Eighteen Dixie senators—all of them Democrats except Sen. John G. Tower, R-Tex.—canvassed the situation at a closed meeting Wednesday in the wake of President Kennedy's appeal to the nation on civil rights Tuesday night. Sen. Richard B. Russell, D-Ga., the leader of the group, told newsmen afterward that they are "very bitterly opposed to legislation that would further impinge on the right of private property in this country." He was referring to a bill that Kennedy plans to submit to Congress next week to prohibit stores, hotels, restaurants and theaters from discriminating against Negroes. Third Negro Enrolls at Alabama V. HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A 27-year-old Negro scientist engaged in government space age research enrolled without incident today in the University of Alabama System for Post-Graduate Work. Officials of the U.S. Department of Justice were there to assist Dave Mack McGlathery in registering at the university extension center. He became the third member of his race to enter the university this week. Gov. George C. Wallace was not present. He made his stand for segregation Tuesday at the main branch in Tuscaloosa but yielded to federal might and a Negro boy and girl were em-oiled. "I haven't much to say at this time," McGlathery said. "This Is a new challenge to me. It's up to me to make good—not necessarily for my race, but for myself." McGlathery, a Navy veteran employed by the Nalional Aeronautics and Space Administration, took a recess from his job to come to the two-story building on a sprawling 330-acre campus to register. 1

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