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Inside: EDITORIAL PAGE 4 SOCIAL PAGE 6 SPORTS ... i ... PAGE 9 TELEVISION PAGE 11 COMICS PAGE 12 CLASSIFIED PAGE 13 OBITUARY ...... PAGE 13 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving ike Alton Community for More Than 127 Years WARMER SUNDAY Low 57, High 88 (Complete Weather, Page 2) Established January 15, 1836. Vol. CXXVIU, No. 136 ALTON, ILL., SATURDAY, JUNE 22,1963 16 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press. Missouri Fireworks Strip Back in Business Las Vegas of Midwest for Fourth of July By GEORGE LEIGHTY Telegraph Staff Writer The Las Vegas of the fireworks business, the three-mile stretch of double highway between the Lewis and dark bridges In St. Charles County, Mo., opened for business this week. Six establishments, one of them selling wholesale as well as retail, were doing a so-so business, waiting for the jackpot week immediately prior to July 4. The wholesale-retail outlet, operated by Jim Meyers in a section of his year-around drive- in restaurant, has customers from as far away as New York, drawn there by a business made possible by the same sort of legal situation that makes Ne- vada the gambling capital of the United States. Most northern states prohibit the sale of fireworks—but Missouri does not, Meyers said Friday. Missouri law makes a local option situation out of the sale of fireworks and only St. Charles and Jefferson counties in Missouri allow such sales under circumstances that make for profitable ventures. Some Restrictions St. Louis County, for example, permits the sale of fireworks of a watered-down nature—sparklers, "fountains," cap pistol caps —but no "noisemakers" and nothing regarded as palpably dangerous. St. Charles County permits the sale of all types of fireworks— with a few restrictions. Firecrackers cannot be more than IMs inches long, says, Bill Tillman, who operates a roadside retail fireworks stand for Gene Warmann of St. Louis. The sale of "cherry bombs" and "torpedoes" is prohibited. With these exceptions and restrictions, the sky is the limit. Tillman and Orville Schroeder, who was clerking Friday in a roadside stand operated by Winfred Gambill, said customers come about equally from Illinois and Missouri. Meyers, however, said that he has customers who come from Chicago, Iowa and Wisconsin. HUG FOR ASTRONAUT Valentina Tcreshkova, Russia's first woman into space, is greeted with an enthusiastic bear hug from Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev during welcoming ceremony today at Moscow airport. Her companion in space, Lt. Col. Valery Bykovsky, left, salutes as civilian members of welcoming delegation applaud. A Bed Square reception followed for the two astronauts whose record shattering flights ended Wednesday. (AP Wire- photo) Pope Paul Pledges To Work for Unity "Some come all the way from New York and take back fireworks. They load up." St. Charles County is the closest place New Yorkers can legally buy fireworks. Such sales, Meyers said, are banned in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana—although some of the fireworks on sale in St. Charles County are manufactured in Ohio. Much of the fireworks come from Asia, imported by American manufacturer-distributors. Available In Arkansas "You can buy fireworks in Arkansas, but this is closer," Meyers said. Meyers said that the politi- cally-created situation works "both ways" as far as Illinois and Missouri are concerned. "You can't buy liquor in Missouri on Sunday, so Missourians go to Illinois to drink. There aren't any racetracks in Missouri because horse racing is illegal, so Missourians go to the races in Illinois. For fireworks, people from Illinois come to Missouri. Fireworks sales in St. Charles County are legal two weeks prior to July 4 and for 10 days thereafter, Meyers said. A second go-around to provide fireworks for Christmas and New Year's celebration occurs between Dec. 20 and Jan. 10, Meyers said. In Illinois: It's Against the Law 'FULMINATE FAIRWAY' Fireworks, their sale, possession or explosion, are strictly illegal in Madison County and its municipalities — except by permit — and state law provides a penalty for violation of up to $100 fine or a 90-day county jail sentence. State law defines fireworks as meaning sparklers, firecrackers, aerial bombs, roman candles, skyrockets, torpedoes and all other such pyrotechnics. It excludes paper caps used in toy cap guns. Counties have the power to grant permits at a fee of $2 for supervised public displays, but application must be made 15 days in advance and the display must be held by at least three adults. No permit is necessary for state or county fair fireworks displays. The law also provides for search and seizure in case of a suspected violation, which means a police officer can search an automobile or residence (by search warrant) if he suspects it contains fireworks. Prohibition by state law of fireworks is in the interests of safety and protection of children. Alton Police Capt. William Petersen said the law has resulted in a "great saving of eyesight and other possible injuries to children." He added that most fireworks today are made too powerful for people to use safely. Wood River Police Chief James Buckner said fireworks are dangerous not only to children but to adults who use them. He said that in spite of the dangers involved some people will probably buy the fireworks in violation of the law. East Alton Police Chief Harold Riggins said an individual who uses fireworks not only violates the law but courts possible serious injury to himself and others. Only 1 Fireworks Permit Requested Only one application has been made to city authorities for permission to hold fireworks displays In Alton in connection with Fourth of July. The single application is that of BIoomer Amusement Co. for displays at Starlight Drive-in Theater July 3 and 4. It has been filed with City Clerk Paul A. Price for submission to City Council at its meeting next Wednesday. The application, over signature e Twins Welcomed In Moscow By EUGENE LEVIN VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Paul VI pledged today to pursue Christian unity and a world peace •based on social justice. He said he would continue the Vatican Ecumenical Council. In his first address to trie world, the new pontiff called OT men "to recognize each other as brothers rather than competitors." He made it plain he would continue the path of Pope John XXIII, and he showed the same concern felt by past pontiffs for persecuted Catholics. He did not specifically mention communism, but he obviously was referring to Communist countries when he said: "We wish that the brothers and children in those regions where the Church is impeded from using its rights feel themselves near to us.' Pope Negroes & Whites Kennedy, Leaders In Rights Meeting WASHINGTON (AP)—President Kennedy conferred separately today with two key Negro leaders and then with a biracial .group of persons heading the drive to break down racial barriers in the nation. The Chief Executive met in hib leaders, Paul said he was sure there would be "the radiant dawn of resurrection" for these persecuted Catholics. Keynote Pope Paul's speech primarily was a keynote message to set the tone of a reign that started less than 24 hours earlier. He spoke as jubilant Catholics made ready for his cornation June 30. "We will open pur arms to all those who glory in the name of Christ," he said in a reference to non-Catholic Christians. "We call them with the sweet name of brothers." But he implied that he conceived of Christian unity, as did Pope John, in terms of a return to Rome. Pope Paul said other Christians should "know they will find in us constant comprehension and benevolence, that they will find in Rome the paternal house." Pope Paul, 262nd supreme pontiff of the world's half-billion Roman Catholics, spoke in Latin in the same Sistine Chapel where he was elected by the Church's cardinals Friday. He promised to go ahead with (Continued on Page 2, Col. 1) office for about 30 minutes each with Roy Wilkins, executive sec retary of the National Associatioi 'or the Advancement of Colored People and then with the Rev Martin Luther King, president of he Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Then the large conference goi underway in the Cabinet room with King, Wilkins, other Negro Macmillan Won't Quit Top Position LONDON (AP)-Harold Macmillan today served notice he intends to stay on as prime minister despite widespread demands for his resignation over the Pro- fumo scandal. Addressing a Conservative party rally made turbulent by demonstrators and hecklers, Macmillan heard cheers from his Tory followers mingled with the jeers of his political foes when he declared: "In 40 years of political life I have tried to do my best... "I will not make my whole life worthless or meaningless by be- ng untrue to those convictions either through panic or obstinacy." It was Macmillan's first public comment on his own future plans. representatives of the MOSCOW (AP) — Valentina 'ereshkova, the Soviet Union's irst lady of space, got a kiss jfrom Premier Khrushchev today as both stood atop Lenin's tomb in Moscow's Red Square. Thousands of delighted Russians roared their approval. ' Valentina, 26, already had got a big bear hug from Khrushchev when she arrived with Lt. Col. Valery Bykovsky, her male space partner, at Vnukova Airport earlier. She was escorted to the top of the tomb by Khrushchev, who was clearly showing his pride in the feat of the dimple-chinned, blue- eyed blonde cosmonaut. Thousands were massed in Red Square in tribute to the cosmonauts' for their record-shattering space flights which ended Wednesday. AFL-CIO and officials of various church organizations—Protestant Roman Catholic and Jewish. The White House declined to dis cuss why Kennedy held separate conferences with King and Wil kins. But the organizations they represent take different approaches to proposed solutions for the racial problem. The Chief Executive left ths Cabinet room session before it was over and took off by helicopter for an afternoon at Camp David, Md., in the Catoctin Mountains before leaving tonight for lurope, But Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy remained on with Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and Burke Marshall, assistant attorney general in charge of the civil rights division. The group was the fourth with which Kennedy has met this week n his effort to bring both peace and progress to the civil rights drive. Today's conferees included sharp rivals for Negro leadership, vith differing views on how to •each the civil rights goals. Some of them have been the sparkplugs or svidespread Negro demonstra- ions. One of them, A. Philip Randolph, said as he entered that 'yes, we are" going ahead with plans for a march of 100,000 Ne;roes on Washington. No date has been set, but plans call for the lemonstration between Aug. 15 Aug. 24. of Wesley Bloomer, says his firm desires to continue its plan of previous years to provide a fireworks display in interest of the children of Alton area. The show would be handled by experts and be covered by liability insurance. City Clerk Price said that regu- latons for public fireworks displays here are provided under a 1939 ordinance. The ordinance says fireworks displays may be permitted by the mayor, providing they be carried out by qualified persons under supervision of experts. It is further provided that t h e displays be of such character and so located that, in the opinion of the fire chief, they will not be hazardous to property or persons. Otherwise, use of fireworks is forbidden by an ordinance based on Illinois law. Temperature Hits Lowest for Date The U.S. Weather Bureau at St. Louis-Lambert Field said the low of 52 degrees this morning broke the previous low temperature for the date set in '1958 when the mercury dropped to 58. A low of 57 to 62 was forecast for Sunday with fair skies. Israeli Start Training for Hawk Missile WASHINGTON (AP) - Israeli military technicians will start raining in the United States next month in use of the Army's Hawk Air defense missile, it was learned Saturday. The Hawk mounts a conventional explosive warhead. This indicated negotiations for sale of the Hawks to Israel are drawing to a close and agreement may be reached soon. Pentagon ifficials said no contract has yet leen signed. Israel wants to buy the super- onic mobile missile to counter vhat it claims is a dangerous uildup of air striking power in he neighboring United Arab Re- iublic. TODAY'S CHUCKLE A fool and his money are soon invited places, (© 1963, General Features Corp.) One of six fireworks sales establishments between Lewis and Clark Bridges in St. Charles County, Mo., from which fireworks, illegal in Illinois, are sold to all-comers. Sewer Bidders Few; Contractors 'Busy' Kennedy Will Start Tour Tonight By FRANK CORMIER WASHINGTON (AP)-President Kennedy sets out tonight on a 30- day tour of Europe that may derive its greatest significance from lis multiple appearances in European ..tele vision screens. Kennedy's voice and image- carrying a personal message of riendship from America—will be n-ought within range of more thanj Ordinances Contain Old Sunday Ban Sunday closing for stores is considered a dead issue as far a legislation at the present sessioi of the Illinois legislature is con cerned, but Alton still has a num ber. of Sunday closing regulation on the books. Some of the city ordinance pro visions are so old that presen city officials are reluctant to giv an opinion as to present enforc 15 million television receivers in at least 12 western European :ountries. The most dramatic moment is ex iected Wednesday when much of Europe will see a seven-hour, tep-by-step telecast of Kennedy's motor tour through Communist- ncircled Berlin. Television audiences will see the 'resident mount a special plat orm at the Checkpoint Charli order crossing to peer over th 2-month-old Berlin wall. Parts of the Berlin program wil e beamed live to the Unite tates via both the Telstar an lelay satellites. Kennedy plans to begin his four ountry journey at 9:30 p.m. EOT onight, taking off by jet transpor •om Andrews Air Force Base Id., after spending much of the ay with his family at Camp avid, Md. West Germany will be the firs :op, followed—in order—by Irs .nd, England, Italy and Vatican ity. The Vatican was placed on itinerary Friday so Kennedj an meet with Pope Paul VI, the ew leader of the President's Roan Catholic faith. Air Show Area... Ready for Traffic Crush Area residents not planning to attend the air show at Civic Memorial Airport Sunday were advised today to stay off the main streets of Alton or they may find hemselves headed for the show nvoluntarily. Police Capt. William Petersen said heavy out-of-town traffic was expected on Broadway, Main Street, Washington Avenue and College Avenue, all headed for the air show through Alton. He advised residents planning short local trips to use other streets. In addition to regular police officers, nine auxiliary police have been assigned to aid in traffic control Sunday, Petersen said. Parking will be banned Sunday on either side of Broadway from Langdon to Ridge streets. Preparations are being made for parking and refreshments at the airport. Grass is mowed and barrier ropes with signs will guide spectators. Traffic and parking information for motorists will be relayed by radio station WBBY (590 kc). The station will receive the information from patrol planes and state police. "No parking" signs have been placed on main highways around the airport. Police will patrol the roads. The weather man has predicted clear to partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-80s Sunday. ibility. All will be subject to review 1 the new city council completes a revision of the city ordinance code of 1918, begun about five years ago. Most recent ordinance aiming to curb a Sunday commercial ac tivity is one enacted in 1940 to prohibit the sale or demonstra tion for sale, exchange, or dispos al of motorvehicles between the hours of 12 noon Sunday and 6 a.m. the following Monday. However, there are others that date back 50 years or more. One is entitled, "Butcher shops to close." It makes it unlawful to seJ fresh meat, poultry, or game, "on the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday." Anothei ancient regulation makes it un- ALL CLEAR NOW—BUT . Today the main entrance to Civic Memorial Airport and Rte. Ill were clear of traffic, but tomorrow with more than 100,000 persons expected to attend Sun- day's air show the scene will look somewhat different. Note temporary 'No Parking' sign along the highway. lawful to keep open a barbershop on Sunday. Penalty sot for violation of both ordinances is $5. The barbershop measure, a live issue back in the first decade of the present century when Sunday shaves were in demand and safety razors little used, appears now as an anachronism. Barbers now- days not only take Sunday off, but Monday as well. Another old ordinance bans all peddling on Sunday — "fruit, goods, wares, merchandise or anything whatsoever" excepting milk or cream. Penalty is "not less than $20." Also frowned on by somewhat ancient action ol the city council are Sunday games of sport tend- ng to be of noisy nature. It for- 3ids boys or other persons to engage in games or sport "calculated to disturb the peace and quiet" of any citizen or meeting on Sunday. The penalty, however, starts at a fine of ?1, possibly set low in view of the possibility here would be juvenile offenders Charges Tivo Set Off Firecracker Two youths, 15 and 18 years old, were accused of setting off a firecracker in a restroom at the Uptown Theater, 1622 Washington Ave., at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Joe Goldfarb, theater owner, signed a complaint of disorderly conduct against t h e 18-year-old. The other youth was referred to juvenile authorities. By SEBASTIAN FILIPPONE Telegraph Staff Writer The area-wide rush to catch up with the times and construct sewage treatment plants and sewer systems is a big contributing factor to the sparseness of bidders on sewer projects in this area, the Telegraph was told today. The rash of projects being pushed toward completion on both sides of the Mississippi River apparently resulted from state and federal orders to communities to halt pollution of the river by discharging raw sewage into the river. Alton was among the first of the larger communities to get its program going, and a treatment plant is about 50 per cent complete now. However, city officials are concerned about the low number of bidders anticipated when bids tor construction of the southside interceptor sewer are opened Monday. Only seven prime contractors have taken out plans and specifications for the $800,000 project. City officials had expected about a dozen contractors to show interest in the job. Only One Received This week East Alton received only one complete bid and one partial bid on an $800,000 project or construction of a treatment plant and connecting sewer lines. Livingston, Glen Carbon, Bunker Hill and Brighton are among DATA AT THE DAM 8 a.m. temperature Yesterday's today 60-'. high 76", low 52". River stage below dam al 8 a.m. 6.2. Pool 23.2. Precipitation 24 lira, to 8 a.m. None. communities known to be vorking on treatment plant or ewer projects at present. One area contractor said t h e 'great amount of work in the Irainage field in this area at pres- nt" has loaded qualified con- ractors with work. "Contractors have only so much quipment and only so much onding power," he said. "They an't spread themselves too thin vcn if they wanted to. Also, most f these are large jobs and under- round work can get pretty 'icky. "A great deal of specialized quipment and experienced per- onnel is necessary for this type f job, and not every contracting rm in the area is equipped to ackle it. You've got to know •hat you're doing in this field ev- n to work up a realistic bid." "They're all moving at the amc time," he said. "We have everal jobs now and plan to bid others, but we can't enter all. I wish these jobs had oen spread out more, then more of us would have been able to bid on each job." Affirms Shortage Another contractor echoed the remarks about the relative scarcity of firms who could tackle treatment plant and sewer jobs, as against those who could take on smaller construction projects. "Construction of a treatment plant is almost a 'specialty' business," he said. "A firm needs a lot of experience in this :ype of work to get together a rid and then to do the work. It's kind of risky for an inexperienced firm to take a job ike this, and it's probably more lifficult for inexperienced con- tactors to get bonds on these sewer jobs. "There are so many jobs of this kind going now that the bidding on each one is bound to draw less •ontractors than it would at a..other time." I

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