Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on June 25, 1963 · Page 1
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Alton, Illinois
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Inside i EDITORIAL PAGE 4 SOCIAL PAGE 0 OBITUARY PAGE 8 MARKETS PAGE 8 SPORTS PAGE 10 TELEVISION i . . PAGE 12 CLASSIFIED PAGE 13 COMICS PAGE 1« ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 127 Years FAIR WEDNESDAY Low 67, High 95. (Complete Weather, Pajre 2) Established January 15, 1836. Vol. CXXVHI, No. 138 ALTON, ILL., TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 1963 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press. May Delay Sewer Job 6 Months Building of the southside interceptor — next big phase of Alton's bond issue sewer improvement program — may be delayed for six months. Only two proposals of contractors were received Monday afternoon when the city took bids on the interceptor. Both are slated for rejection because they exceeded the engineers' estimate of cost by 50 per cent or more. R & R Construction Co. of Alton offered the lowest bid, totaling $1,498,763.03. Madison Construction Co. of Edwardsville bid at a total of $1,562,118.07. Estimated cost of the interceptor is $957,066.45. In a brief oral report lo t h e city finance committee, last night, Public Works Director Paul A. Lenz said he will recommend to the council that both of yesterday's bids be rejected because they ranged 50 to 60 per cent over the engineers' estimate, and that the job be readvertised. Assisted The citizens Advisory Committee on Engineering features of the sewer program assisted in checking and analyzing the bids, said Lenz, and will also have a report for the Council Wednesday. Bids on the interceptor have been called for Monday in order to meet a June 30 deadline set for receiving a $250,000 grant of federal funds to aid in financing the project. Lenz told the aldermen at the Committee session that outcome of the bidding was so distinctly unfavorable that he had immediately conferred by telephone with the State Sanitary Water Board to request an extension of time for qualifying for the federal grant. It was indicated that on submission of a formal report on the bidding that an extension of time will be granted, he said. It was his recommendation that the city seek at least a 6-month extension, making the next bid call as late as November in an effort to resubmit the project at a season when contractors would sharpen pencils and offer more favorable proposals. This plan, he said, would also offer more time to publicize the project and win wider interest of contracting firms. Cites 'Long Delay* Finance Chairman Maitland Timmermiere suggested six months seemed a "long delay." "Probably so," Lenz said, "but I don't feel the city would be justified to pay $600,000 more for the project just to speed it up. We hope the state and federal agencies will take a like view of the situation." He added that there was another factor in waiting to fall for another bid call. By that time, the East Side interceptor may be sufficiently advanced for bids to be called on both the Southside and East Side lines at the same time, thus winning more contractor in terest. Fewness of bids yesterday had been explained as primarily due to large contractors now being engaged on so many other sewer projects that they were unable to figure the Alton job. However, Lenz suggested riverfront soil and water table conditions to be encountered in constructing the southside line along the riverfront may have been a factor to reduce contractor interest. Where Exceeded Analysis o£ the Monday pro posals, he said, indicated contractors had exceeded estimated costs primarily in the grading and ex vacating items. The consultant engineers estimated the excavating at about $1.50 a yard, he cited, while both contractors bid at about $7.50 a yard. They also had included a $44,000 items for possible necessity of "well pointing" the job to carry it on. Acton Co.., which Is building the sewage reduction plant, had been expected to bid yesterday and likely to offer a favorable proposal since it already is on the scene with equipment. Instead, said Lenz, it sent a letter to the engineers explaining it presently is too crowded with other projects to consider the southside jobs, but might later be interested in interceptor projects. Formal action on disposition of the sewer bids will come before the Council Wednesday night after the report of the citizens advisory group is received. No action was taken by the finance group, but Chairman Timmer miere said he felt readvertising the work is the right step. BVGGY SIGN This is Mile 207, a Coast Guard marker on the Mississippi, showing the accumulation of willow bugs which are using the sign as a temporary resting place. The annual invasion of willow bugs or Mayflies, into Alton is at its height now. 200 Bills Passed By Legislature SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP) —Doing more voting and less debating, Illinois legislators have plunged into the final week of the 1.963 General Assembly by passing more than 200 bills. The weary lawmakers, anxious to wind up the six-month session Friday or Saturday, cleared scores of measures Monday from the calendars of the House and Senate. Among the bills receiving final action was one to raise the minimum salaries of county officers by $1,000 to $2,000 a year. It would affect sheriffs, coroners, county treasurers, .county clerks, Alton No Longer Mayfly Champ By JIM KULP Telegraph Staff Writer Hannibal, Mo., is pushing hard this season to capture the title of Willow Bug capital of the mid-Mississippi valley, dis- clerks, recorders actually granted DATA AT THE DAM 8a.m. temperature Yesterday's today 78°. high 89°, low 68°. River stage below Precipitation dam at 8 a.m. 24 hrs. to 8 a.m. 6.3. Pool 23.3. None. circuit court and auditors. Any raises would have to be done by the county boards. In counties with less than 30,000 population, the maximum would be hiked from $6,000 to $7,000. Other brackets and the old and new maximums are: From 30,000 to 60,000 population, $7,500 to $8,500; 60,000 lo 120,000, $9,000 to $10,500; 100,000 to 150,000, $10,000 to $12,000; 150,000 to 250,000, $11,000 to $13,000, and 250,000 to 500,000, $13,000 to $15,000. Also receiving final House approval was the largest single appropriation in the state budget— $975 million for highways and related projects. The appropriation contains a large share of federal funds. Also approved were a $639 million appropriation for public aid and legislation for $308 million in state bond items. The House passed a measure allowing Southern Illinois University to offer courses in law, medicine, dentistry and pharmacy with the consent of the State Board of Higher Education. Senate concurrence in an amendment is necessary to send the bill to Gov. Kerner. Kerner Plans Fall Trip to Hike Trade CHICAGO W — Gov, Kerner will head a mission to West Germany and England this fall to beat the drums for Midwest trade. The governor announced Monday that he will lead a delegation to give manufacturers a chance to represent themselves in the United Kingdom and European Common Market countries. The group will visit Frankfurt, West Germany, and London, England, Kerner told the Mid-America Day Luncheon at the 1963 Chicago International Trade Fair in McCormick Place. "We will make evident to the business and political leaders in two of Europe's major financial centers," Kerner said, "the increasing role in the world trade of Illinois and the Midwest as a result of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the growing use of air cargo facility." Only 15 per cent of all Illinois manufacturers are involved in world trade, the governor said, while 45 per cent of the nation's exports originate in the Midwest. An increase in the number of manufacturers to "at least 25 pei cent would go a long way toward providing the jobs necessary for the 250,000 Illinoisans now unemployed," Kerner said. placing Alton. A Hannibal policeman said the carcasses of willow bugs were piled three feet deep under lights on the Mark Twain bridge over the Mississippi Sunday. The bridge was closed temporarily and the odor of bugs squashed under tires was described as "horrible." Alton is getting its share of the willow bugs, or Mayflies, this year. Sunday night, some trees in the outlying areas were draped with thousands of the delicately- formed gauzy-winged insects. But the volumn of carcasses cannot compare with Hannibal. Two years ago, on July 12, downtown Alton streets, sidewalks, buildings and automobiles were covered with the bodies of countless millions of the bugs, which have a lifespan of only 24 hours. Posing a cleanup problem, the willow bugs accumulated sometimes in layers of 2 to 3 inches thick and in many sections of East Broadway shovels were used to remove the insects. On t h e south side of the street, between Ridge and Third, one section was completely covered. One year they became so thick on the Clark Bridge that it became glazed and slippery beneath car wheels. The mess was shoveled off to remove the hazard. A nuisance, though harmless, the bugs frequent the margins of streams, rivers and lakes and are easily recognized by their short, bristle-like antennae and net-veined membranous wings, the hind pair reduced in size. Driving through them in places like the river road is like driving through a storm of huge, sticky, juicy, raindrops, which whap against the windshield in obscuring splatters. Hearing Scheduled For Beckwith Today JACKSON, Miss. (AP)—A pre- iminary hearing will be held late :oday in city court: on the murder charge against Byron de La Beckwith, 42, of Greenwood accused of assassinating a Negro integration leader Medgar W. Evers. Campers Awaken to Find Tent Stolen LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (AP)Five boys sleeping in a tent Monday night awoke and found the tent had been stolen. Legislature Kills Three Amendments SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP)—Th Illinois House defeated todaj three proposed amendments fo revising the state constitution' revenue articie. Four more proposals—includin; one supported by Gov. Otto Ker ner—still are pending before th legislature. Two of the defeated plans callei for classification of property anc imposition of a state income tax The third amendment turnec down would have banned an in come tax, put a limit of 4 pe cent on sales taxes, and set a ceiling on assessments of real and tangible personal property. None of the three amendment: came close to obtaining the two- thirds vote required for adoption Atlantic City- Selected for Party Meeting WASHINGTON (AP) - Thi Democrats will hold their 196' presidential nominating conven lion in Atlantic City, N.J., thi week of Aug. 24. • That decision announced by the parry's national committee todaj puts the session the width of th continent away from, and six weeks after, the Republican Na lional Convention which opens in San Francisco July 13. The full Democratic Nationa Committee unanimously acceptec a recommendation from its site committee to return the conven tion to the East Coast for Ihe firs 1 time since 1948. That year Harry S. Truman was nominated a' Philadelphia. Tiie final vote in the site committee came at a breakfast session but formal action by the full committee did not come until about three hours later. Earlier Chicago representatives had virtually conceded that Iheir city had been eliminated from consideration because its new Convention Hall would not be available the week the Democrats wanted it. Kennedy Fires Sharp Attack At De Gaulle Foreign Policy Khrushchev Plans Trip To Germany MOSCOW (AP)—Soviet Premier <hrushchev will make a morale xwsting trip to East Germany this veekend just a few days after 'resident Kennedy winds up his wing around West Germany and VesI Berlin. There were reports in Western ircles that the premier had al- eady left for Bucharest, Romala, en route. Romanian Commu- usts have been showing signs oi ndependence from the Kremlin in and such a trip would have been a trouble-shooting expedition. However, the Foreign Minis- ry's press department denied i has said it "understands" Khrushchev had left for the Romanian capital. The premier is scheduled to ar- •ive in East Germany Sunday in an obvious attempt to counter some of the effect of Kennedy's rVest German tour and visit to the Berlin wall. The announcement early today of Khrushchev's trip called it friendly visit in connection with he 70th birthday Sunday of Walt er Ulbricht, East Germany's tommunist leader. Western quarters in Moscow viewed Khrushchev's plans as an effort to counterweight Kennedy' visit and boost East German morale, always the low point the Soviet bloc. A West Germa government spokesman in Bon agreed. The demonstration of frienc ship of the German and America people during the visit of Pres dent Kennedy apparently made necessary to freshen up Ulbricht' damaged prestige on somewha short notice," said Karl Guenthe von Hase, West German pres chief. The announcement of Khrush chev's trip caught Communist cir cles in Moscow by surprise. Si/mi called Western news agencies t find out if Kennedy and Khrush chev might be in Berlin at the same time. There was no indication in Mos cow, however, that Khrushchev would arrive in East Germany aefore Sunday. Kennedy flieb from West Berlin to Ireland on Wednesday. Says School Prayers OK If Voluntary DOVER, Del. (AP)—Arty. Gen David P. Buckson of Delawan lifts ruled that Bible readings and the recitation of the Lord's Praye: may continue in state publi> schools on a voluntary basis. Buckson said Monday that state laws requiring such exercises iavc been rendered unconsH lutiuha) by the recent U.S. Su p.-eme Court ruling. But he said "the same ConsHiu tion and articles thereof, whicl are now being interpreted to abol ish laws which m.ike religiouf services a duty, may also be in voked to permit religious services as a right." "No laws are necessary to com pel the exercise and enjoyment o these rights and no laws will be tolerated which will deny enjoy ment of these privileges," Bu'-k soti's opinion said. Addresses Crowd In Germany •/ INSPECTS U.S. MIGHT President Kennedy turns to look at Hanau, West Germany. Gen. Pugh is armored vehicles as he rides with Maj. commanding general of the U. S. Third Gen. John R. Pugh during inspection of Armored Division. (AP Wirephoto) U. S. Army and Air Force units at Gunman Hits Chain Grocery for $4,000 An armed robber, who threatened to kill his victim escaped ivith nearly $4,000 in a stick up at the National Food Store in North Alton Monday night. The bandit was believed to be he same man who held up the Rain & Rain Market, Feb. 8. The robber, who entered the Piasa Corners store through an exit door as it was being opened by a departing customer shortly after 9 p.m. ordered assistant manager Kenneth Rosack to put he money in a paper sack after he bandit pulled a pistol from lis pocket he ordered Rosack to ,valk to the rear of the store vhere the theft took place. The robber walked leisurely from the store and headed in a southwesterly direction. According to the report, the es- imate of the loot was between S3,000 and $4,000, but the exact amount stolen was not determined mmediately until an audit can DC taken. The bandit who held up the Hain & Rain Market escaped with ;i,ooo. Prior to the holdup the robber engaged in a conversation with an employe of the National Store, 510 W. Delmar Ave., as he walked with the latter from the Thrifty Drug Store nearby. The clerk, George F. Landre of 1826 Ervay Ave., Alton, informed the robber .hat the market was closed. The robber walked to an exit door on the east end of the build- ng and waited until a customer .eft the store and then hopped in- Slug Hits Kin, Too Wounds Self Accidentally By GEORGE T. LEIGHTV Telegraph Staff Writer Leo Geisen Jr., 21, accidentally shot himself in the right leg and wounded his cousin with a .32 caliber German-type automatic pistol Monday evening. The bullet passed through Geisen's thigh and, nearly spent, struck his cousin, Robert H. Geisen, 19, of 1118 Tonsor, on an ankle. At St. Joseph's Hospital it was found that Leo Gejsen's injury was not serious. He was "shot" three more times, once to prevent tetanus, once with penicillin and once with a pain reliever. At his home, 1709 Oakwood, where the acci- dent occurred, Leo Geisen said this morning the pistol discharged when he was ejecting a shell. He said the shooting cycle somehow went into action after the empty shell was ejected and "it just went off—bang!" The cousin, who was standing nearby and who suffered only a bruise from the slug, took Geisen to the hospital for emergency treatment. Leo Geisen, employed by Western Electric Co. in installing direct distance dialing apparatus for Illinois Bell Telephone Co., was unable to get to work this morning, but planned to be on the job later this afternoon "after my wife gets here with some crutches for me." side before the door could close. Inside, he told Landre that all he wanted was a carton of cigarettes. He walked over to where the cigarettes are kept, picked up a carton and walked to the fourth checkout lane where he checked KENNETH ROSACK ... a pistol was pointed at him. out. He then went to the express checkout lane and asked Rosack to change a $50 bill. Rosack took the bill, walked into the office adjacent to the express lane and got the change, handing it to the man. The robber pulled a gun from his pocket and said: "I want all the money you can get your hands on — no checks — or I'll kill you. . .1 mean it! I'll kill you." When Rosack had given him all the money from the change draw- er and the safe inside the office, the robber ordered him to put it in a brown paper sack. After Rosack did this, the robber told Rosack to walk to the rear of the store . . . "or I'll kill you." Saw Him Walking Rosack obeyed but, as he got about halfway to the rear, he heard a d o o r open and close as the robber left. When he called police, he observed the man walking across the parking lot, southwest, but did not see him get into an automobile. All of the taverns in the area were checked by police, but bartenders said that no one of the robbers description had been in the taverns. Police Chief Jolin Heafner said a composite likeness of the robber made from the police Identi- Kil, with features supplied by the witnesses, appears to fit that of the robber wio held up the Rain & Rain store. The robber was described as about 50 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 130 to 140 pounds, steel grey hair combed straight back, with a ruddy complexion. He was wearing a suit, of out-dated style, grey-brown in color, which was rumpled, the report said. The Rain & Rain robber was described as about 55, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds with a ruddy skin. His clothes seemed "outdated" witnesses then said. FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) —President Kennedy clashed openly with President Charles de Gaulle of France today over the future of Europe and U.S. willingness to defend its allies. "The United States will risk its cities to defend yours because we need yoar freedom to protect ours," Kennedy said. He appealed to Allied leaders and peoples to unite in partnership with the United States and warned their failure to do so could break up the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Speaking in historic St. Paul's church in this ancient German trade city, the President rejected De Gaulle's charge that Europe's future defense cannot rely upon American nuclear might. In words beamed all over Western Europe he denounced—without actually naming De Gaulle— "those who would doubt our pledge" or deny that the defense of the West is "indivisible." Men who would split the allies or separate Europe from the United States, he said, "would only give aid and comfort to the men who make themselves our adversaries and welcome any disarray." Lunches With Troops The President, having spent two days in Bonn, the West German capital, came here by way of the U.S. military base at nearby Hanau, where he lunched with the troops. As his motorcade proceeded through the countryside and along the streets to the center of the city, crowds cheered his progress, rivaling in enthusiasm the reception he got driving through Cologne and Bonn on Sunday. Minister-President Georg-August Zinn of Hesse estimated that a million people joined in the welcome to Kennedy. At one point before making his speech, Kennedy walked into the crowd and shook hands with some of the people. In St. Paul's church, a century- TODAY'S CHUCKLE "My doctor says I have a persecution complex, but he's just saying that because he hates me." (© 1063, General Features Corp.) Outdoor Coronation Planned For Pope Paul VI June 30 VATICAN CITY (AP)—Vatican officials went ahead today with plans for an unusual outdoor coronation ceremony for Pope Paul VI. Unlike recent coronations, Pope Paul's will be in the later afternoon, shorter and completely outdoors, Vatican officials said. It will be in St. Peter's Square June 30, starting about 6 p.m. Tens of thousands are expected to jam the square. Delegations from many countries—including a U.S. group led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, and a Brazilian mission possibly led by President Joao Goulart—will have special places. So will a group of 4,000 iron miners from Bovegno in north It- i'ly. They are coming en masse to attend the coronation of the new Pope who once put on a miner's helmet and descended into their pits to celebrate Mass for them. That was whsn Pope Paul was Giovanni Battista Montini, arch- hishop of Milan. old symbol of German democracy and liberalism, a select audience of 900 German officials, legislators, dignitaries, business leaders and journalists heard the address. Kennedy's carefully written policy speech was aimed beyond the old sandstone walls of the church to the far greater audience of European leaders and peoples with the power of decision between his views and De Gaulle's. "Those who would doubt our pledge or deny this indivisibility •those who would separate Europe from America or split one ally from another—would only give aid and comfort to the men who make themselves our adversaries and welcome any Western disarray," he said. Kennedy coupled his criticism with a challenge to all West Europeans—that they work together to become a new and unified world power able to join the United States in "a full give-and- take between equals." Challenge Kennedy's challenge to De Gaulle's ideas came in the major speech of his European tour, delivered in Frankfurt's Pauls- kirche. The historic St. Paul's Church is known as the cradle of German democracy. It was the focal point of the abortive 1848 uprising against tyranny. De Gaulle has contended that the United States svould not risk nuclear holocaust at home to defend Western Europe. He conceives of a Europe free of close ties with the United States. Without mentioning the French leader by name, Kennedy said doubts about American steadfastness "fly in the face of history. He told his listeners: "For 18 years the United States lias stood its watch for freedom all around the world. The firmness of American will, and the effectiveness of American strength, have been shown in defense of free men and free government, in Asia, in Africa, in the Americas, and, above all, here in Europe." The President said the United States has undertaken "find sustained with honor" mutual obligations with more than 40 allies. "We are proud of this record, which more than answers all doubts," he said. Kennedy's reply to De Gaulle was matched in emphasis by his appeal for greater European unity and increased cooperation with the United States.

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